The Eagles are likely in the market for a wide receiver and the draft is clearly their best option to upgrade at this point. Philadelphia could target a receiver as early as the first round when they pick at No. 20. That said, they have shown plenty of interest in USC receiver Nelson Agholor who could go early in the process.
A highly-touted two-way player from Tampa Bay, Fla., Agholor committed to USC in 2012. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman, as a backup receiver. He collected 19 catches for 340 receiving yards (17.9 YPC) and two touchdowns. He also added five kickoffs for 121 return yards (24.2 avg.). Agholor became a full-time starter as a sophomore. In 14 starts, Agholor caught 56 passes for 916 receiving yards (16.4 YPC) and six touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Agholor erupted as a junior, as he amassed 104 receptions for 1,313 receiving yards (12.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. His incredible season led to first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He decided to leave college after his junior season to pursue his NFL career.
Weight: 198 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 1/4 inches
Hand Size: 9 1/4 inches
40: 4.42 secs.
Bench Press: 12 reps
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.
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.
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.