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Great Rookie Report on Keenan Allen

Discussion in 'American Football' started by AnteaterRaider, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006

    (just a tasting)
    Coming out of California, Allen, on tape, flashed first-round tools. He was a big receiver who showed a natural feel for routes in terms of savvy. Allen didn't have upper-echelon speed but did a nice job of working defenders within his stem by using tempo and gaining leverage to create separation. Where he was at his best, though, was when the ball was in the air. Allen showed above-average body control and strong hands to adjust to throw outside of his frame. In addition, he made a quick transition up the field after the catch and showed underrated elusiveness as a runner.

    Unfortunately, Allen's last season at Cal did not end on a high note. He suffered a slightly torn PCL in his right knee causing him to miss the final three games of the season. The injury lingered on into the draft process. In fact, Allen was unable to work out for scouts until the beginning of April when he turned in an underwhelming 40-yard dash time in the high 4.6 range.

    This forced Allen to fall in the draft where he remained on the board until the Chargers scooped him up at the beginning of the third round. We at Scouts Inc. had Allen as fourth overall receiver in our final rankings with a high second-round grade and felt that Telesco and the Chargers received excellent value on Allen where they selected him.

    Breaking down Allen on a few of the coaches' copy tapes from this season, it's easy to see why he is having early success. He has a natural feel for the position with his field awareness and route runner. Like he did at Cal, Allen is doing a nice job of setting up defenders out of breaks and is especially effective on selling double moves. In addition, he has a nice understanding of spatial awareness out of his cuts in knowing where the ball is going to be thrown from veteran QB Phillip Rivers, who possesses strong anticipation as a passer.
  2. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    It amazes me that in this day of the internet some people still expect you to pay for opinion pieces.
  3. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

    Oct 2, 2011
    As others here have noted, Keenan already gets free right off the LoS
    better than many 5 year vets.

    Nice article…they spelled "Telescopo" wrong, though...
    • Funny Funny x 1
  4. Riff Raff

    Riff Raff BoltTalker

    Mar 16, 2013
    That report is news?
    • Useful Useful x 1

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