STRENGTHS - Keenan Allen is a tall, long-armed wide receiver who has consistently shown the ability to make great adjustments to the ball while it is in the air. Allen has great hands and high points the football on a regular basis. He has not been helped by the quarterback play at California, but he has shown elite production in college. Allen does a great job of fighting through the press at the LOS. He has excellent footwork and the ability to stop on a dime to sit into an open area. He has quick feet and displays awareness on how to get open. Allen has great balance, hands and body control and can take the slant pattern for a long gain at any time. He has a lot of wiggle in space, looking like a running back and not a receiver at times. He looks very comfortable playing in the underneath area of the defense.
WEAKNESSES - The production hasn't been there as a senior as he has only scored six TD through nine games, before injuring his PCL. Allen isn't a player that has instantly fast speed; he needs a step to get it going. He doesn't have slow feet; he has a long stride and has deceptive long speed. For a big player, Allen doesn't stick to blocks all that well and while willing, it is something that needs to be improved.
SUMMARY - Allen has tremendous hand strength and arm length to go with prototype size for the position at the NFL level. He is an exceptional athlete who displays outstanding speed, body control, balance and agility. He is a legitimate threat on every snap of the ball because of his YAC ability. He has strong hands and plays in traffic constantly, and he rarely drops the ball. He has great reach and uses his body to shield defenders away from the ball. He has great hand/eye coordination and does a masterful job of adjusting to poorly thrown balls. He can win against all types of coverage. Allen can explode off of the ball and he runs crisp routes with the football IQ to quickly break off a route and sit into an open area. He has the strength and toughness to generate a lot of RAC yardage. He is not a consistent blocker in the running game, but he is willing and could benefit from NFL coaching in this area. Overall, he deserves early first-round consideration because of his physical tools playing in the underneath area of the defense, moving the chains and breaking off the long one because of his ability to make plays in space. He is a better prospect than Justin Blackmon was coming out of Oklahoma State, with better speed and better pass-catching ability, and they play a similar game. He is a legitimate No. 1 WR prospect for the NFL level.