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Road to the Draft: Keenan Allen

By Mark Gaughan

Keenan Allen

Position: Wide receiver.
School: California.
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 206 pounds
Test results: Did not run at combine.
2012 stats: 61 catches, 737 yards, 6 TDs.
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: He’s arguably one of the top two receivers in the country, with Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee. Patterson has the potential to be more dynamic, but Allen produced more on the field over the past three seasons. Allen is a big, versatile outside receiver with good hands and good run-after-the-catch ability. He played a lot in the slot for the Bears, as well. His running style with the ball in his hands reminds one a little of Bills great Andre Reed. After catching 46 passes as a true freshman, he had a giant sophomore year. In 13 games, he had 98 catches for 1,343 yards and six TDs. Allen followed that up with 61 catches for 737 yards in nine games last season. He missed the last three games with a strained knee ligament. A North Carolina native, Allen originally was going to play safety for Nick Saban at Alabama but opted to join his half-brother, Zach Maynard, at Cal. Maynard is the former University at Buffalo QB.

Big workout: Because of his knee injury, Allen was not able to run at the NFL Scouting Combine or at the Cal pro day. He is scheduled to run in Greensboro, N.C., on April 9. Allen isn’t viewed as a pure deep threat. A good time could help him move up in the first round. Allen on the 40 run: “I know people have been doubting me on my speed, but I don't feel like I'm a slow guy. I feel like I'm pretty fast, but I definitely put some effort into it. Definitely looking forward to running a 4.4 as my times are getting closer to clocking that.”

Allen on why he picked Cal: “My brother transferred from Buffalo, and right about that time I was coming out of high school. I was one of those guys who felt like he could make an impact wherever I went, so I just wanted to play with my brother.”


2013 draft | Keenan Allen | Road to the Draft
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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