Draft Capsule: WR Keenan Allen

Draft Capsule: WR Keenan Allen

March 22, 2013, 3:45 am
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Mark Strotman

Keenan Allen (WR), California 

6-2 | 206 lbs.

2012 Stats:

 61 rec, 737 yds, 12.1 avg. 6 TD's

Projection:

1st Round

Strengths:

 Excellent size and athleticism for the position that gives him the look of a No. 1 wide receiver in the pros; Deep-ball threat on every possession thanks to a great burst off the line, superb route-running and the agility in open space to make defenders miss; A lot like Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings in that he catches with his hands and explodes out of cuts to create separation; Can play in the slot or split-wide, versatile; Somewhat of a lost art, Allen is an above-average blocker in the run game and a fierce competitor

Weaknesses:

Doesn't have the elite speed that other wideouts in this class possess; his production dipped in his junior season when defenses keyed on him following an All-Pac 12 sophomore season; A left knee injury cost him the final three games of his collegiate career; has  tendency to drop passes in traffic

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears feel they grabbed a steal in Alshon Jeffery in the second round last year, and paired with Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett the Bears believe they have the wide receiving corps they need to succeed. That said, Hester's and Bennett's futures aren't set in stone so if the Bears have Allen high enough on their draft boards, Jay Cutler wouldn't mind seeing one of the top wide receivers in this class head to Halas Hall. Still, it would be a surprise to see Phil Emery dress the position this early.