The St. Louis Rams Should Take Keenan Allen in the 2013 NFL Draft
The St. Louis Rams will be rapidly back on the clock in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, as they have the 16th and 22nd overall picks. With their first pick the Rams should address their beleaguered offensive line, and with their second pick, a true possession wide receiver along the lines of someone like of Keenan Allen. (pictured above)
This idea will be met with some resistance since the Rams did take Brian Quick 33rd overall in last year’s draft. While true, it’s also a fact that Quick only had 11 catches for 156 yards receiving and two touchdowns all year long. Teammate Danny Amendola had that many catches in one game last year versus the San Francisco 49ers no less, and Amendola was coming off a serious shoulder injury as well.
Someone like Allen will not wow you with blazing track star speed, but with his height (6′ 3″ 200 lbs) and has arguably the best hands in the draft coming out this year. This would be a major coup if the Rams could pull it off as they would get the best interior lineman and the most polished receiving target. Both positions are crucial since quarterback Sam Bradford direly needs both of these to prolong his young and still developing career.
Another big plus for Allen is he runs smooth, smart receiving routes which will help him and his large frame to get and remain open for the majority of the play and keep separation.