Especially with the departure of Percy Harvin, the Minnesota Vikings are looking rather thin at wide receiver. While adding Greg Jennings was a step in the right direction, there’s a good chance that the Vikings will use one of their two first-round picks on a pass-catcher.
During the Rant Sports 2013 NFL Mock Draft, the Vikings did just that, selecting Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen with the No. 25 overall pick.
Considered by many to be one of the top wide receivers in the 2013 class, Allen has all of the tools that NFL teams want in their starting pass-catchers. With impressive size (6’3’’, 210 pounds) and athleticism, Allen does a great job of putting himself into position to make plays. He doesn’t let the ball get into his body and has a tremendous catch radius. Assuming he can build on the potential that he flashed throughout college, the sky is the limit for Allen.
The biggest question mark heading into the draft is Allen’s speed. The Cal star failed to address the issue during his Pro Day, clocking a 40-yard time in 4.7s. While it’s not a deal-breaker, many NFL teams will be wary of drafting a potential No. 1 wide receiver who doesn’t have the straight-line speed to create separation.
Allen has the type of talent to be a dynamic wide receiver at the next level. If the Vikings are to give Ponder the proper tools to turn into a franchise quarterback, adding someone like Allen is a must. We’ll see what happens on April 25.
Note: This pick was made before the recent news that Allen was red-flagged on a drug test.