Saints Draft

New Orleans Saints Draft Prospects: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC


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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