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- Updated: February 21, 2013
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Ht: 6’3 Wt: 210
- Ideal physical make-up for possession WR in NFL (height/weight/length).
- Strong runner after the catch. Tough to tackle.
- Has a good burst off the snap. Doesn’t require many steps to get to full speed.
- Displays ability to shake defender at LOS.
- Sharp out of his breaks. Able to create separation from defender.
- Uses his head and shoulders well to set up defender.
- Able to find and sit in soft spot of coverage.
- Good overall body control and balance both in his route running and when adjusting to make tough catch.
- Consistently “open”, even when QB missed the throw.
- Not a burner. Won’t take the top off a defense. Doesn’t project as a vertical threat in the NFL.
- Lets ball get to his body far too often (body catcher).
- Not much wiggle after the catch. Tough runner, but not a “make you miss” guy.
- Injury concern. Has had lingering knee injury (PCL, left knee).
Keenan Allen is an impressive prospect who presents with the ideal height and length combination for a possession WR in the NFL. While not gifted with game-breaking speed, Allen has a loaded skillset that projects well for success in the NFL. Considered a five-star high school recruit by Rivals.com, Allen scored an incredible 53 touchdowns during his senior year for Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Allen committed to Cal where he made an immediate impact as a freshman WR in 2010. After three years with the Golden Bears, Allen managed to set the school record for receptions (205) while finishing third in career receiving yards (2,570) and seventh for career TDs (17). Allen will turn 21-years-old the weekend of the NFL Draft. Honors: 2012 Honorable Mention All-Pac 12; 2011 First Team All-Pac 12.
Allen is a tall, long wideout with a plus wingspan for QBs to take advantage of. While a bit of a body-catcher, Allen presents as a reliable target who maintains his balance through contact. He’s a tough, physical runner, but he fails to flash a lot of wiggle. His yards after the catch result from broken tackles and good angles rather than making a man miss. Allen showcases the ability to get to top speed quickly without wasting a lot of steps off the LOS. While not a burner, he possesses adequate speed to chew up the cushion left by opposing DB’s. He uses his head and shoulders to freeze the defender, and is able to put his foot in the ground to make sharp cuts in and out of his breaks. He possesses loose hips, as he can change directions with little effort. Allen does a nice job finding soft spots in coverage, giving his QB an easy target.
Keenan Allen does not project as a homerun hitting WR. He won’t take the top off a defense in the vertical game and appears best suited as a possession WR in the NFL. Allen will be an impact playmaker on the next level, likely via broken tackles and runs after the catch. He must improve his hand/eye coordination to catch the ball away from his body, or he will have a difficult learning curve early in his career.
GRADE: 8.1 (see grading scale)
PROJECTED ROUND: 1st Round Selection