Preseason Player Profile: Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen

Wide Receiver

6’3” 205 lbs.

Cal

 

-Keenan Allen is a big guy who is physical when it comes time to catch the ball. He does a good job boxing out, diving, fighting through contact, and anything else you could ask for when he is trying to make the play.

 

-When you watch him you notice he plays high when he catches the ball and then he plays low after he gets it. That’s something I look for because the higher you play the larger your catch radius is. Similarly, the lower you play the harder it is to tackle you.

 

-He has the physicality and size to block, but that will be something I watch this year. He will need to do the little things right now that there is a lot of buzz around him.

 

-He is very flexible for his size. You can see it when he bends around a defender or when he hurdles a would-be-tackler. That isn’t essential, but it is fun to watch and is affects how opponents will go after you.

 

-It’s hard to say where his route running is at this stage, because of the quarterback play around him. Since the quarterback is a “Dual-Threat” player, Allen can’t always run the full route because he has to be free as a bail out option.

 

-At Cal they often use Allen on end-arounds, reverses, and screen plays. I’m not saying he can’t do that because you can see from the film that he does a good job, but I think they are diminishing his value when you see how often he beats opposing DBs down-field.

 

-Speaking of beating defenders, did I mention that last year Allen had 98 receptions and 1343 yards? Not too shabby considering he was only a sophomore.

 

-I like Allen a lot, he has the potential to be special. If I had to tell him an area I wish he would improve, I would say that I don’t want him to go down on first contact so much. Sometimes he takes a lick and extends for the extra yard, and then other times he barely gets grabbed and he drops to the ground. I think this year could be very good for Allen and depending on performances against Oregon, USC, and Washington he Allen could be in the mix for the second or third receiver taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.