Recent news about Keenan Allen‘s Pro Day 40-yard dash times of 4.71 and 4.75 seconds might seem disconcerting, but apparently teams don’t care.
According to Mike Mayock, “Three months ago, I said — if you watch this kid on tape — if you like him, he’s Anquan Boldin. If you don’t like him, he’s speed-deficient. So I don’t really care what he runs in the 40. On tape, to me, he’s a 4.55 guy all day long.”
Apparently, Allen wowed onlookers with his Pro Day performance. SB Nation’s James Dator was in attendance of Allen’s pro day, he tweeted that the Indianapolis Colts receivers coach asked for the most routes, revealed that Ron Rivera asked for a private meeting and that it looked like the St. Louis Rams were asking about his schedule. Dator states that a Cincinnati Bengals scout said, “He did an awesome job” — and that a Houston Texans scout calls Allen’s execution on a double-move “perfect.”
Allen claims he is still recovering from a posterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered in January and that he is still at about 85 percent. Several trainers also told Mayock that all that is lacking is his explosiveness off the line, but “that’s what comes last in the healing process.”
What Allen brings to the table is: exceptional route running, size, height, quick moves and ability to find the ball. ESPN’s Cecil Lammey compares Allen to an A.J. Green type of receiver; that’s good company. CBS Sports’ Rob Rang mentions Allen’s “size, physicality and relatively precise route-running and capable of turning short catches into long gains due to his agility, balance and vision.”
When you look at dominant receivers right now in the NFL, you see lot’s of big targets like: Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, etc… With Allen you have the prospects of gaining a big, physical body. You could target him: on short yardage throws, in the middle of the field, red zone attempts.
Former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford often called screen passes and slant routes out of the slot position to Allen. Allen accumulated 205 receptions over three years for the Golden Bears, including a 98 reception sophomore year — despite poor quarterback play.
Allen surely has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver. Grading where he might fall is peculiar, I believe he has the potential to go as high as 14th, or as low as in the 30s. However, I think there is no way he falls past 22 if he’s still there for the Rams’ second selection in the first round.