As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor:
Position: Wide receiver
High school: Berkeley Prep, Tampa
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance second team in 2011, when he was mainly a running back and rushed for 1,983 yards and 28 touchdowns, averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. Also played wide receiver, cornerback and safety.
Height, weight: 6-0, 198 pounds
By the numbers: Had 104 receptions for 1,313 yards, a 12.6-yard average, and 12 touchdowns last season and finished his USC career with 178 catches for 2,572 yards, a per-catch average of 14.4 yards, and 20 TDs.
Draft positives: Quick and efficient mover with body control and balance. Explosive route runner, gets in and out of breaks with speed. Can change direction while moving at full force. Smooth receiver with elite ball skills. Pure hands catcher. Comes down with a lot of passes in traffic.
Draft negatives: Top-end speed is just average. Has a hard time getting deep separation from defensive backs. Won’t outrun a secondary. Takes a lot of hits with his overly aggressive running style while in possession of the ball. Lacks the size and length that you want out of an outside receiver.
Projection: Round 2/3
What he says: “I think it actually helped me that I played running back before — it took my game to another level. I had a more of an aggressive mentality when I caught the ball in my finishes, and as a result I had more yards after contact.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com