2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Keenan Allen-Wide Receiver-California
By Neal Driscoll, DLD contributor
Prospect: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Weight: 213 lbs.
• Great size which he uses to shield defenders away from the football
• Can beat jam coverage using strength and solid technique
• Willing and able blocker in the running game
• Large catching radius
• Strong route runner
• Elite body control
• Great combination of size, athleticism, and leaping ability
• Coming off a knee injury that cut his junior season short
• Strong route runner who can run a compliment of patters
• Catches the ball at the highest point
• Great natural pass catcher
• Allen attacks the football aggressively and wins battles vs. opposing defenders
• Concentration lapses at times which result in dropping some easy passes
• Elusive in the open field and can produce yards after the catch
• Lacks “elite” speed
• Takes long strides that cover a lot of ground quickly
University of California receiver Keenan Allen wasted little time in making a decision regarding his future as he announced that he is declaring for the NFL draft. The move makes a lot of sense as Allen is clearly the best receiver prospect in the entire draft and is a likely top fifteen draft selection. In his three years at California, Allen racked up 205 receptions for 2570 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions.
While Allen is not the type of player coming out that AJ Green was coming out of Georgia or the type of player Julio Jones was coming out Alabama I have him as a better prospect that last years #5 overall pick Justin Blackmon. Allen is an ideal fit for a West Coast offense, with teams such as the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins making a ton of sense for potential landing spots.
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