Today we’re going to continue to look at possible 2013 Seahawks draft picks in April’s NFL Draft. Currently all of our evaluations have covered offensive playmakers and today we’ll look at another wide receiver that the Seahawks could target in the first round.
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Sidney Rice (748) and Golden Tate (688) were the only Seahawks to amass over 400 yards receiving in 2012. Zach Miller and Doug Baldwin came close but the Seahawks will be looking for another threat via the air. That’s why today we take a look at Keenan Allen. Allen is considered one of the top two WR’s in this draft and has been on my draft boards as the first WR selected.
Name: Keenan Allen, Junior, WR, Clemson
Ht/Wt: 6′ 3” 210 pounds
A top prep recruit as a WR and safety, Allen was originally recruited to Alabama to play defense for Nick Saban. Allen rather chose to play with his half-brother, a quarterback at Cal. The switch payed off as now he’s expected to go in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Allen essentially has everything you look for in a #1 receiver, minus the elite speed. His 6’3” frame makes coaches drool. His athletic ability combined with agility, balance, quickness and physical nature are what makes Allen very successful on the field. His height and soft hands combined with his skills at out-positioning corners make him a version of receiver that Pete Carroll was looking for when they brought Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards in for a look.
Weaknesses: Allen isn’t a burner that the Seahawks may be looking for. He doesn’t possess the speed to flat-out beat an opponent from the LOS. Also, don’t expect much after the catch ability that you’ve seen from Golden Tate. The combine will be big for Allen given he’s coming off of a knee injury and many teams will be interested in his recovery if they’re going to consider taking him in the first round.
Allen would be a nice addition as the #2 receiver opposite of Sydney Rice. This would allow Golden Tate to move to a permanent slot receiver where he could be one of the leagues best.