Keenan Allen, the wide receiver from California that has been dominating our Mock Draft Database for the Minnesota Vikings for weeks now, will finally be working out for scouts on Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Allen suffered an injury to his left posterior cruciate ligament to his left knee that caused him to miss the final three games of the Golden Bears' 2012 season. He did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and he missed Cal's pro day as a result of that injury. Now he's finally going to get an opportunity to show what he can do with everybody watching.
A smooth outside pass-catcher, Allen has the height, speed and ability to win jump balls required of a number-one target in the NFL; the first-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2011 caught most of his 98 passes for 1,343 yards and 11 scores in 2011 from lefty quarterback Zach Maynard, who happens to be his half-brother. Maynard’s play regressed in 2012, however, causing Allen’s production to fall off his junior season. He still displayed all the same skills and talents he showcased during his uber-productive sophomore season, and he figures to go in the top 25 selections if his knee and ankle check out medically.
Allen figures to be one of the first wide receivers off the board in a couple of weeks at the draft. If he can show that he's healthy, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see what many mock drafts are currently saying come to fruition and see Keenan Allen holding up a fancy new purple and gold jersey on April 25.