Keenan Allen Scouting Report

Keenan Allen Patriots

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Prospect: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 205
Grade: 7.4 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+ Tall frame with long arms and good thickness, has an NFL body
+ Big catching radius, has a long reach with big hands
+ A long strider, doesn’t accelerate real fast, but can build up speed with those long legs
+ Has a strong frame, has shown the ability to absorb contact and hold onto the ball
+ Changes direction well for big WR, can make precise cuts and shed defenders out of his breaks
+ Quicker than most WR his size, creates YAC and makes people miss due to sudden change of direction/quicks
+ Very good vertical leap, combined with long arms, makes him big time red zone threat
+ High points the ball well
– Top end speed is only above-average but not elite, takes a little while to get moving
– Looks awkward and uncoordinated at times due to his frame and size
– Not a real fluid athlete, flexibility may be limited

+ Has produced consistently despite being double/triple covered
+ Has very good zone instincts, recognizes the coverage – finds soft spot
+ Has the ability to play the X and Z receiver spot
+ Returned 21 punts and 18 kickoffs during his college career
– Concentration wanes at times which has led to drops and fumbles
– Missed 3 games his junior season and had ankle surgery in spring of 2012 – Production dropped significantly in 2012

Catching/Ball Skills
+ Uses his body very well to shield defender from ball and present throwing target
+ Large catching radius, catches the ball well in stride
+ Nice body control while in the air/process of making a play
+ High points the ball nicely, displays good timing and anticipation to go up and get it
+ Has been a big time possession WR with ability to work all areas of the field
+ Catches the ball well on the sidelines and outside the numbers
+ Turns up field quickly after catching the ball, not afraid of contact
+ Has shown numerous times the ability to come back to the ball, goes and gets it
+ Not afraid to go over the middle to catch ball, makes catches in traffic
– Will body catch the ball too much at times and seems unsure of his hands at times
– Susceptible to fumbles with the way he fights for yards and leaves the ball unprotected

Route Running
+ Excellent at changing speeds while running his routes, varies his speeds to get open
+ Stems his routes nicely, understands how to set up DB and how to use leverage to get open
+ Strong enough to fight off jams and beat press coverage
+ Has the ability to run routes at each level of the offense
+ Excellent with the YAC, can make people miss and will fight for extra yardage
+ Creates separation at top of his routes with quick/long stride
+ Takes a short slant and can turn it into a big gain
+ Exhibited an understanding for zone coverage, will find soft spot and work his way open
– Hasn’t run a complete route tree, probably a function of Zach Maynard’s inability to make all the throws
– How will he adjust to a more complex offense, with longer routes, options, etc?
– Sloppy out of his breaks at times and runs his routes at the wrong depth at times
– Does he have the speed to be that vertical threat?
– Numerous times this year he ran his routes at the wrong depth

+ Has shown the willingness to block on perimeter on outside runs
+ Strong enough to stay engaged until the play is by him
– Poor technique, blocks mostly with arms

Keenan Allen has all the tools to be a big time NFL WR. A highly recruited player WR out of high school Allen lived up to the reputation in college. Has been one of the best possession receivers in football the last three seasons and will likely be a go to guy in the pros. Will he ever develop into a deep threat or vertical receiver? Allen has the frame and length to be a mismatch, he has good instincts and can get off press at the line of scrimmage. Was limited at Cal due to lack of a legit QB.

Allen will be in contention to be the first WR off the board, but his lack of top end speed and game breaking ability may hurt him a little bit when the draft rolls around.

Scouting Notes

California vs Ohio State
– Makes great catch in tight coverage and holds on after contact to the head
– Constantly adjusting and locating poorly thrown balls, has taken a number of big hits due to being exposed
– 4th Down – fails to run his comeback route past the sticks, runs it two yards short and catches the ball

Full scouting notes for Allen vs Ohio State

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