Ravens First Round Scouting Report: California, Wide Receiver, Keenan Allen

 

Colorado v California

KEENAN ALLEN

6’2″, 206 lbs., California

Strengths:

-Fantastic body control and hands

-Excellent after the catch, can get yards after contact

-Strong route runner

Weaknesses:

-Knee injury

-Good but not elite speed

-Could be more physical

Since the Ravens have made several impact free agent signings over the past week on the defensive side of the ball then maybe Baltimore can bolster the offense in the First Round. For help in that department they could look to Allen who was one of the most successful and gifted receivers in nation.

As the Ravens attempt to figure out how to replace the presence and production of Anquan Boldin Allen’s skills may be what they need. He’s quick, possesses great hands and is a very well rounded wide-out. His size and strength make him ideal to roam in intermediate routes with the potential for big gains if smaller defenders can not wrap him up. Allen would seem best suited for a West Coast system as slants and short passes were his specialty in college but considering the Ravens need a replacement for Boldin he could fit in nicely as a possible third down option and a “move the chains” type player.

Allen’s knee injury is perhaps the biggest concern surrounding his draft status. As a result he’s been unable to work out for NFL teams and that means that any team taking him will have to trust that he can fulfill the upside that he’s shown on tape. That may be too large a risk and that’s why he’s tumbled down most draft boards. 

However, since we’ve talked about the Ravens going almost exclusively defense in the First Round the idea of taking a receiver is intriguing although Baltimore has had little success in that area in the past.

 

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About the author


Matt Jergensen  

Ravens Analyst

Matt is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of both Calvert Hall and Towson University. For over five years he worked as the senior site editor for Ravens Gab, now renamed Baltimore Gridiron Report, providing commentary and analysis. He’s also written articles for Ravens 24 x 7, now Russell Street Report and has appeared on the sports debate site, Fan vs. Fan. Matt currently lives in Bel Air, just minutes away from his job teaching high school history and economics for Harford County Public Schools.


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