Earlier today, former University of California standout wide receiver Keenan Allen finally had his pro day. Allen came out and ran the 40 twice. According to Mike Mayock Allen was timed at 4.71 and a 4.75. Some people would consider those times slow, but it's important to note that he was basically on the shelf from the end of October until today.
Allen still wasn't 100 percent for his pro day, but obviously with the NFL Draft occurring on the 25th of this month, it makes sense to show teams how much progress he's made since he was last on the field.
Dr. Andrews says Allen's knee is at 100% his surrounding muscles are at 75%... Per trainers— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Besides the poor 40 times that Allen ran, he had a solid pro day by most accounts. Speed was never Allen's game. He's been compared quite favorably to Anquan Boldin, who also had a 40 time north of 4.7 seconds. Allen's slow 40 probably won't hurt his stock too much.
Allen will have to win matchups in the NFL, based on his hands and route running. In fact, here's video from the pro day courtesy of James Dator at CatScratchReader.com (SB Nation's Panthers site). It's a playlist of four routes that Allen ran at his pro day.
More notes on the pro day.
My opinion: Be very careful of falling into the 40-time trap with Allen. The starts hampered him.— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Bengals scout: "He did an awesome job"— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Runs a double move, Texans scout calls it 'perfect'— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Ricky is throwing ... Way behind on an out, Allen nabbed it out of the air. Impressive catch. Scouts ribbing Proehl for the throw— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
This is where it get's interesting, the St. Louis Rams were at the pro day also, and it seems like they were asking when he was available. The Rams have reportedly identified Allen as one of the team's 30 pre-draft prospect visits. It would seem that the Rams have interest in Allen who would add another weapon for quarterback Sam Bradford.
So here's the question, should the Rams draft Allen? Or avoid him?