Scouting Report: Cal's Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen
California, Wide Receiver
6-foot-3, 202 lbs.

Hands
Strong, quick hands. Can pluck balls out of the air. Soft, dependable.  Very confident, makes it look easy.

Run Ability
Turns into a RB after the catch. Very elusive with ability to juke defenders one on one. Can take a short catch and turn it into a big play. Definite return ability.

Route Running
Crafty and knows how to set up defenders with double moves. Excellent job settling versus zone defenses. Gains separation with ease on most routes.

Deep Threat
Wins downfield more on double moves than sheer speed. Knows how to sell intermediate route then burst deep. Size/speed type.

Ball React
This is his biggest trait. Makes difficult catches in every game. Wins the jump ball downfield and also has very good ability to dig balls out of the dirt.

Competitiveness

This kid is a top effort player and big play specialist. Wants the ball and plays with tremendous confidence. Makes acrobatic catches. He is very aware and understands coverages.

Summary
Likely the second best receiver in the Pac-12 conference behind USC standout Robert Woods. Can take over games like this season versus Washington when he pulled down 10 catches for 197 yards and 1 TD, and also USC where he caught 13 for 160 yards. When Cal needs a big play they look his way. He gets open with ease and has soft, natural hands. Outstanding ability to catch off target throws. Can take a short gainer and turn it into a big play at any time. Very elusive with the ball in his hands.  Only a sophomore, Allen will one day take his talents to the NFL where he will shine just like he does now.

Photo courtesy: GoldenBearSports.com

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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