Dan Greenspan of CalSportsDigest.com is reporting this evening that WR Keenan Allen will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL this April. Allen is a big WR who has been an explosive play-maker for the Golden Bears over the last three years. Allen’s college career unfortunately ended with a knee injury that will have to be checked out by NFL medical staffs but there are no indications that the injury was serious.
We forecast Allen to be #1 WR in the NFL. He’s listed at 6’3, 210 lbs and is expected to run in the 4.45-4.55 range at the NFL combine per NFL Draft Scout estimates. Allen was one of only a few weapons at Cal making production all that more impressive given the attention defenses paid him. For his career he caught 205 passes for 2,570 yards, and 17 TD’s. He went over 1,000 yards as Sophomore last year and had over 730 yards this year before getting hurt and missing Cal’s final three games.
When you watch Keenan Allen play the first thing that jumps off the film is his athleticism. He gains separation thanks in part to his short area burst which allows him to get into and out of breaks very quickly. The best part of Allen’s game though may be his ability to go get the deep ball. He gives his QB’s the opportunity to throw the ball up to him and there is a high probability that he will be able to out jump the defender and go get it. Based on his film I’d expect him to be among the leaders in Indianapolis in both the vertical jump and broad jump.
Allen does have some downside as he’s a limited route runner who will need to work hard on developing his route tree. His breaks aren’t as sharp as they’ll need to be in the NFL and he tends to tip off the DB when a change in direction is coming. He was targeted on a lot of screens and short passes at Cal, mainly because of his size and ability to get YAC yards but in the NFL he’ll need to show better diversity.
Allen is the ideal addition for the Buffalo Bills. He would be the perfect complement to Stevie Johnson and would give the Bills the size and big play ability they have lacked at WR since the days of Eric Moulds. Allen can beat defenses in every zone (short, intermediate, and deep) and his leaping ability is a huge asset in the red zone. Right now we rank Allen as our #1 WR in this class and expect him to go in the Top 15.