Keenan Allen Scouting Report

December 6th, 2012

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Keenan Allen-Wide Receiver-California
 
 

Keenan Allen might be the top receiver in the draft

By Neal Driscoll, DLD contributor

Prospect: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Height: 6”3
Weight: 213 lbs.
Grade: 9.4

Athleticism

• 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

Route Running
• Strong route runner who can run a compliment of patters

Hands
• 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

Running
• 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

Overview:
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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