Keenan Allen Scouting Report

Courtesy www.goldenbearsport.com

Courtesy www.goldenbearsport.com

By PFC Draft Writer David Willemssen (@DavidWillemssen)

Keenan Allen was a very productive wide receiver for the Cal Bears, even though he may not of had the most accurate QB play in the country.  His Junior, and final season, for the Bears he led the team with 737 rec. yards on 61 receptions. While his 2011 season ended with 1343 rec. yards off of 98 receptions. Keenan is one of an abundance of receivers that could become a very productive pro.

 

Strengths:

Keenan Allen has quite a few things that he does very well: his hands, his willingness to take a hit to make the play, the skill to know when to come back to the QB, but his greatest strength lies before the ball is even thrown.  He does a very good job getting off the ball and blowing by the defender during close coverage. His first step is a very explosive one. Once he is off the line of scrimmage he runs routes very smoothly with tremendous head and shoulder fakes.

Weaknesses:

While Allen has many strengths he does have few weaknesses. There are times when he’ll be looking for the big catch and then the run after before making the catch causing him to look up field and ultimately miss the completion.  While having a good first step he does lack explosion out of his cuts on some routes, which can give defenders time to recover. Also Allen can let the ball get into his body. Making the catch with his arms, which happened often, or pinning it against his body. On his curl and come backs he has to learn to attack the ball and not let it come to him.

Tools and Build:

Standing at 6’2 206 Allen has a good build for a receiver especially with 10″ hands and 32 3/4″  arms to secure the catch. He was unable to run at the combine or at the Cal pro day due to a knee injury that made him miss his final 5 games. Without running a 40 there is no number on his speed, however, his speed on the field speaks for it self as he is a long strider who picks up speed quickly capable of going the distance any time.

Release:

Keenan posses a very good release off the line of scrimmage. Using his first step, setting the DB up for fakes he deceives very well. While he has a good first step he also does well getting DB hands off of him. Most of the time DBs gave him a large cushion due to his quick speed.

Routes:

Definitely where Allen succeeds the most. His ability to run crisp routes and set defenders up is why he was able to put up 737 yards his JR year while missing 5 games. Playing the majority out of the slot he is very quick for a 6’2 receiver. While he is very quick there is not elite burst out of his cuts on quick jig and out routes.

The best routes ran by Allen were slants and crossing routes. He does a good job shielding the defender off the ball running through traffic. He also runs a very pretty skinny post getting separation by stepping into the defender on his cut driving him away creating space.

Setting a defender up with head fakes is what makes him make so many plays. He is able to run beautiful double moves due to it and often finds himself with a lot of separation due to his fakes. It is also why he is open so quickly after the snap.

Playing against the zone is another area where he impresses. He has a great knack to find a hole in the zone and sit, yet again he can plant his foot pushing hovering linebackers off him. On a few occasions routes would end up slightly short of the sticks on third downs.

Hands and Control:

Does a good job snatching the ball out of the air. Has trouble completing catch on high throws on crossing routes. Never double catches. Can let the ball get into his body and his arms, still making catch. Has a great ability to adjust to inaccurate throws, which occurred often on slants, being able to make catches behind him.

Versus Stanford in 2011 going after a ball thrown to far, Allen dove over a falling defender less than a foot underneath him. Keeping focus on the ball and securing the ball with just his hands is the type of determination and control Keenan often showed at Cal.

Run after the catch:

Playing mostly in the slot he received many designed plays to get him the ball quickly. He received a lot of screens. There were times he could break a tackle and turn it into some good yardage. There were also times he jumps backwards and gives up ground. At 6’2 Allen is a long strider who can hurdle over defenders going at his legs. He also showed the ability to plow into defenders finishing off runs. He can make people miss and take it to the house any time.

Blocking:

Has a body where he could become a good blocker, needs to hold onto blocks longer once he is engaged. Did not whiff many blocks though. The difference between a 6 yard run and a 60 yard run can come down to a receiver’s ability to hold on to blocks longer. Allen is not going to be a player to spring a big play with a big block.

Scheme and Future Roles:

While Allen has the body to be a number one receiver, he is best suited to be a player that takes advantage of single coverage, placing him with a true number one on the outside. He did not play on the outside very often and should be used in the slot. I do not see Allen being a number one receiver, however, I do see him putting up numbers and being a QB’s best friend picking up first downs on short routes and coming back to save a QB under pressure. He may not be the Wes Welker slot player, but could be a team’s Anquan Boldin. Allen holds a favorable skill set and looks to be a late first round draft pick.