Arik Armstead Scouting Report
The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. Today we will look at the shifty wide receiver from USC, Nelson Agholor. Agholor had an incredible season last year, showing off his route running ability and hands and is quietly rising up draft boards.
Name: Nelson Agholor
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 190 Pounds
College: University of Southern California
2015 Stats: 104 Receptions, 1313 Receiving Yards, 12 Receiving Touchdowns
Pros: Agholor has a good frame with great acceleration which makes him a dangerous weapon once the ball is in his hands. He is very shifty and can turn a small gain into a touchdown with one or two moves. He makes sharp, crisp cuts and runs very polished routes. He has strong hands and rarely drops passes. He has great quickness along with elite body control, to make tough catches along the sideline and in the air.
Cons: Agholor’s lack of strength can create problems for him in two ways. First, he struggles as a run blocker, although not due to lack of effort. Secondly, he struggles at times vs. a good press coverage. He is also not a blazing speed guy although he does have the speed to go deep.
Our Take: Agholor is a very underrated prospect with the ability to be a very good wide receiver in the NFL. He is in the mold of an Odell Beckham or Antonio Brown rather than a Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green, but that does not mean he can’t be a very good NFL wide receiver. He seems to be a hard working kid who has dramatically improved his game each of the past two years and he has the potential to make a big impact for a team right away. He also has some punt returning ability which makes him a little more attractive.
Final Grade: 91 Out of 100
Agholor’s play in his junior season was enough to earn him a late first round grade. His combination of shiftiness, route running, and quickness is enough to make me believe that he can be, at worst, a dynamic, play-making slot receiver who could develop into much more if he can add some more functional strength. He would be best fit in a wide-open, pass happy system where he won’t be asked to run block as often.
Possible Draft Spots: Given his fit in a wide open passing system, and the fact that he is probably the best fit receiver in this draft class to play in the slot, I believe that the earliest Agholor could go is 20th overall to the Eagles, a team that needs a wide receiver to replace Jeremy Maclin. After that, I could see teams like the Panthers at 25, Ravens at 26 (although he doesn’t fit the scheme as well), or Patriots at 32. There is also the chance he drops out of the first round entirely.