Photo of Nelson Agholor
Drafted By: Eagles
  • Round 1
  • Pick 20
  • Overall 20

Combine Results

5.76 ?
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Agholor is a precise route runner. He has added value as a great returner. He reminds you of Jeremy Maclin, the guy he's replacing. Agholor can play anywhere, outside and in the slot. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to love him." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


In 2014, selected third-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12. Led team in receptions and yards. Had a 12-catch, 120-yard and one-touchdown game in blowout win over Notre Dame. In 2013, selected second-team All-Pac-12 as a return specialist and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 wide receiver, finishing the season with one reception fewer than Marquise Lee (2014 second-round pick). Was a Super Prep and Prep Star All-American in high school while playing running back, wide receiver and safety. Primarily used as running back in high school. Was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was five. His father, Felix, played soccer in Nigeria.



Runs a good route and competes hard on every snap. Able to drive defender into a poor leverage position. Bouncy, quick feet for burst out of breaks. Adequate separation quickness and twitch. Understands his position. Will improvise to get open for scrambling quarterback. Highly instinctive in space with consistent feel for working his way to open spaces as a presentable, ready target. Almost always works his way back to the throw when needed. Natural hands. Has snatch-and-run readiness after the catch with initial quickness to make things happen. Tracks the ball over his shoulder and careful not to crowd himself against the boundary. Dominated the competition over second half of the year. Dangerous punt returner.


Quicker than fast. Has some straight-line to him with just average fluidity through hips. Unable to blow by cornerbacks and create separation over the top. Play strength is below average. Had issues shaking Oregon State CB Steven Nelson. Will get stuck in low gear from time to time by long, press corners with strength. Lean frame. Worked well from bunch formations and might rely on pre-snap movement to free himself, depending on matchup. Will have to prove he can work inside and take punishing shots from NFL defenders. Willing blocker but lacks the core strength to be consistently effective at it.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"Right off the bat, his draft value has a ceiling because he's a slot receiver. At least that is how I see it. I don't think he has the speed to get open outside. He's a good value in the middle rounds, though, because of his return=game potential." -- NFC South scout

NFL Comparison

Ryan Broyles

Bottom Line

Intelligent, instinctive receiver with an advanced feel for getting himself open against zone coverage and off man. Play speed doesn't match timed speed. Needs to force cornerbacks to respect him over the top.. Agholor's best position could be working from the slot as a reliable possession receiver who can step right into the punt-returner job on Day 1.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.