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Road to the NFL Draft: Nelson Agholor

Position: Wide receiver.

School: Southern California.

Combine measureables: 6-foot-0, 198 pounds.

Combine stats: 40: 4.42 seconds. Bench press: 12 reps.

Career stats: 40 games, 178 catches, 2,572 yards, 20 TDs.

Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: A third-team All-American and first-team All-American, Agholor led the Trojans in receptions and yards. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 choice in 2013, when he finished with one catch less than second-round draft pick Marqise Lee. … Runs crisp routes and gets in and out of breaks well. … Plays well in space and has a knack for working his way back to the quarterback on broken plays. … Solid punt returner. … Played running back in high school. … Father, Felix, played soccer in Nigeria.

They said it: “Intelligent, instinctive receiver with an advanced feel for getting himself open against zone coverage and off man. Play speed doesn’t match timed speed. Needs to force cornerbacks to respect him over the top. Agholor’s best position could be working from the slot as a reliable possession receiver who can step right into the punt-returner job on Day One.” – draft analyst Lance Zierlein

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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