WR Agholor generates interest at Combine

Former USC WR Nelson Agholor had only one formal interview in his first night in Indianapolis and several informal interviews.

Nelson Agholor found his first evening in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine to be “kind of fun” after talking to several NFL teams informally and one formally.

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Agholor had his formal interview with the Cleveland Browns and met informally with the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

“We just chopped it up, talked ball, and we had a good feel with each other,” he said.

With more than 170 catches and nearly 2,500 yards receiving during his days at USC, Agholor is expected to fit into the second tier of receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Scout.com has him rated as the 10th-best receiver and a second-day value in the draft.

In 2013, he produced 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores, adding 343 yards with two more scores on 18 punt returns (19.1 avg), in addition to returning kickoffs.

He wasn’t always a receiver. He said some of his tenacity as a receiver came from his days of playing running back in high school.

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t always the quickest guy, fastest guy, so when I was growing up and started playing running back, I started to see myself becoming a little more explosive,” Agholor said. “I developed a better stride and I was able to move a little bit better. That just matched up with the preparation that I’ve always had.

“That’s something that came to me later in life so I had the fundamentals of preparation installed to me later so I kept them until later on. When the athleticism (grew), I just merged them together.”

He likes to watch Antonio Brown, who he said has a similar mentality on the field, and listed Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, Sammy Watkins, A.J. Green and Odell Beckham as other NFL receivers he respects.

But Scout.com draft analyst Dave-Te’ Thomas compared him to Philadelphia Eagles star Jeremy Maclin.

“The USC junior has a lean and muscular frame with room to add more bulk without it affecting his overall quickness,” Thomas wrote. “He has outstanding hip snap and agility to elude in attempts to gain big yardage after the catch. He makes smooth body adjustments and possesses solid hands and extension to catch away from his frame. He is quick to settle into the holes in the zone and is very effective as a cut blocker because of his feel for taking angles.”

Agholor said the different schemes at USC employed similar route concepts with their different coaches in recent years. “You can only try to get as close as you can to the NFL,” he said.

Agholor said he simply wants to show NFL coaches and general managers that he approaches the job with the right attitude.

“I am professional. Everything I do, I want to do it the right way. I want to prepare,” he said. “As a player, I want them to know that I’m a reliable player, consistent in many ways.”


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