There are plenty of talented wide receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft, but California‘s Keenan Allen may go down as one of the most underrated wide receivers to keep an eye on in this year’s class–mainly because he seems to have the potential to emerge into a No. 1 wide receiver in the next couple of years.
Not only has Allen been praised for his quickness and speed, but he’s the perfect type of receiver that can be used in the slot as well. His numbers from 2012 may not be as impressive, but when looking at what Allen accomplished in 2011 when he caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns–it’s clear he has what it takes to to succeed at the NFL level.
Tavon Austin may be considered the best wideout from this year’s class in the long run, but that doesn’t mean Allen won’t give him a run for his money. When it’s all said and done, Allen may end up being one of the biggest steals from this year’s draft class at wide receiver–so he’s certainly worth the risk.
As long as he can work on his issues of dropping passes, there’s no reason why Allen shouldn’t be successful as a rookie during the 2013 season. If he can manage to play at the high level from 2011, expect big things from Allen during his rookie season and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the next couple of years.
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