Prospect: Keenan Allen, WR, California
by Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
September 6, 2012
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210 40: 4.5
Strengths: He has great size that he uses quite well. Physical. Very athletic and nimble on his feet. Strong enough to win battles and jump balls. Able to beat the jam at the line. He is also very elusive for how big he is. Dangerous with the football in his hands; very good after the catch. Playmaker. Plays the ball very aggressively in the air. Shows really good speed. Has good football awareness. Can return punts. Leader. Loads of potential. Experience.
Weaknesses: Suffered an ankle injury this past spring, didn’t cause him to miss any time though. Catches the ball with his body too much for my liking. Ball security needs improvement. I believe route running will need to be better in the pros.
Summary: Allen, who’s coming off a tremendous season, with 98 receptions 1,343 yards and 6 TDs; is one of the most heralded receivers in the country. He enters this season with high expectations and will need to continue to dominate or risk falling down draft boards. Allen, who played as a true freshman, possesses great speed and ability though, and he looks to be poised for another terrific season. He is a special playmaker who adds a whole other dimension to the California offense. If he produces another impressive season look to hear his name called early this April.
Draft Projection: 1st Round