This pick hardly comes as a surprise. The Eagles showed a lot of interest in Agholor leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. The team brought him in for a pre-draft visit in Philadelphia before privately working him out.
The 21-year-old junior measures in at 6-0, 198 pounds. In the 40 games he played during his college career, Agholor racked up 178 receptions for 2,572 yards, 14.4 yards per reception, and 20 touchdowns. He also spent some time returning kicks and punts.
Philadelphia had a big need at wide receiver after losing Jeremy Maclin in free agency earlier this offseason. Agholor joins an Eagles wide receiver corps that now includes Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Miles Austin, Riley Cooper, Seyi Ajirotutu, Quron Pratt, and Will Murphy.
"Strengths - Agholor's "special traits" are his vision with the ball in his hands and his toughness. The guy gives his all, whether it's blocking, receiving or returning. Dangerous in space, Agholor is able to turn on the jets with field in front of him. He's tough to bring down and gives added effort when met with contact. He has good hands and catches the ball cleanly. He is a very willing blocker, and while he doesn't have a ton of strength, he is able to take angles that keep defenders out of plays. He runs polished routes and displays impressive footwork. He knows how to create space. He is constantly alert and offers the rare college receiver trait of coming back to bail out the quarterback on plays that take too much time to develop. He is a proven returner and is dynamic in the punt game. He is willing to go across the middle.
Weaknesses - Agholor is prone to mental errors and has trouble tracking the ball in the air. He is not a burner and is more of a possession receiver. He has only adequate size and is not particularly a deep threat. He needs to probably add muscle similarly to Jeremy Maclin in later years.
Eagles Outlook - The Eagles have shown plenty of interest in Agholor and they haven't been all that shy about getting to know him and his talent. While the team had similar interest in Marqise Lee last season, the Eagles are more likely to jump at Agholor due to his clean bill of health. He is ready for special teams and returning as a rookie and could develop into a starter by season's end. While I tend to view him as a second round pick, Chip Kelly may just grab his guy in the first round with his new general manager responsibilities."
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Eagles remaining needs
Eagles remaining draft picks
1 (20) - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
2015 NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, April 30 - 8:00 PM EST (Round 1 - 10 minutes per pick)
Friday, May 1 - 7:00 PM EST (Round 2 - 7 minutes, Round 3 - 5 minutes)
Saturday, May 2 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN will televise the draft.