The New Orleans Saints might very well be in the market for a wide receiver in this year’s draft. They could explore a variety of options: drafting another No. 1 receiver, selecting a bigger target on the outside to complement Brandin Cooks or get a second option in the passing game alongside a pass-catching tight end. Nelson Agholor is a dynamic wideout from USC that could be an elite No. 2 receiver, lining up both in the slot and outside.
NFL Scouting Combine measurements:
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 198 pounds
Hands: 9 1/4 inches
Arm length: 32 1/4 inches
40 yard dash: 4.42 seconds
Bench press (225 pounds): 12 reps
Analysis: The Nigeria native is one of those players who does not excel in any area but is a good all-around package. The combine confirmed that notion — Nelson Agholor has neither elite size nor strength for the position, but his straight-line speed was faster than expected. He packed on roughly 15 pounds since the start of the season, a necessity for the next level given his thin frame. The below-average bench press numbers explain why he struggled so much when being pressed at the line by Oregon State‘s Steve Nelson. When given a cushion or facing zone coverage, Agholor has the ability to burn defenses as witnessed by the California Golden Bears:
Synopsis: A well-coached wideout, Agholor’s traits should allow him to gain yards in chunks as he understands to separate from defenders with his distinct route-running and acceleration out of breaks. The 21-year-old will not be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL due to his lack of strength and struggles against press-coverage. However, he could be a lethal option out of play-action on the perimeter and out of the slot. If the former Trojan can bulk up, he could justify a top-40 selection. I think he could be a valuable addition to the Saints’ receiving corps in the second round thanks to crisp routes and versatility.
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