Ranking the Top 10 Rookie Wide Receivers
Sep 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) escapes the grasp of Boston College Eagles defensive back Justin Simmons (27) during the first quarter at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
9. Nelson Agholor (Round 1-2) – Southern California
Nelson Agholor’s NFL Combine was cut short after dislocating a finger in a receiving drill. He recorded his 4.44 40-yard dash before his injury, but was not able to record his broad or vertical jump. Nelson is faster than what his time says because he picks up his pace the further he gets. His experience running track at USC will help him evade and run in the open field.
His game tape is one of the best in this class because he is explosive and brings home lots of long touchdowns. He can move laterally and along the sideline. He resembles Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin, who both aren’t elite talents but are both focal points of their offenses. Agholor also adds value to teams as a kick and punt returner. This is where his vision is clearest. His patience with the ball allows him to find space and hit the right holes on special teams. His track speed and returning ability will provide him a long career in the NFL.
Nelson Agholor would be a great fit at either the slot or out wide, depending on where Cecil Shorts will play. I think Nelson is an upgrade over Damarius Johnson and would be a nice selection if available in the second round.