A polished, productive receiver running out of a pro-style offense, Nelson Agholor has the look of a very talented No. 2 receiver in the NFL. He has return man skills and can be a special teams threat. He’s a smooth, clean route-runner with good timing, agile breaks and enough burst in short areas to separate from defenders underneath.
Agholor is coached up and smart on the field. He breaks back to the ball and adjusts to the quarterback on the go. He can play in multiple formations and line up in the slot or on the outside. He has quick hands and is an easy catcher who doesn’t double-clutch or let the ball get into his body.
Agholor’s lack of size and top-end speed make him more of a secondary receiver, and his ceiling may be as a good slot receiver instead of as a good outside No. 2. Agholor isn’t sprinter-fast and relies on quickness and timing to get open—which will be an issue in the NFL, where every cover man has speed and/or technique.
He doesn’t have the top-end speed to attack defenses down the field and will be limited to underneath and intermediate routes—where his smaller frame will be susceptible to big hits. There is legitimate concern that his skills are maxed out.
Yards Receiving: 1,313
Bench Press: 12 Reps
PRO COMPARISON: Greg Jennings, Free Agent
A smaller receiver with good hands and top-level instincts, Agholor could have a Greg Jennings-like impact and career in the NFL.
FINAL GRADE: 6.35/9.00 (Rookie Impact)