Football: Allen runs sprints, routes for scouts

Former Cal star Keenan Allen’s first 40-yard dash runs for NFL scouts on Tuesday produced less than awe-inspiring times. The question is: Will it matter much to NFL teams?

Allen was clocked in 4.71 and 4.75 seconds by Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, according to NFL.com, at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, N.C.  

The wide receiver held his own pro day workout for about 30 NFL scouts after bypassing both the NFL Combine and Cal’s Pro Day while recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the 2012 season and reinjured in January while training for the combine. Allen recently told the Sacramento Bee that he’s only about 85 percent back.

He also showed his route-running skills to scouts, with former NFL wideout Ricky Proehl — owner of the workout facility — throwing him passes. According to a report on SBNation, a scout from the Cincinnati Bengals remarked of Allen, “He did an awesome job.”

Allen has been a projected first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, although his stock seemingly has slipped a bit from the upper to middle range of the first round to perhaps later.

The 2013 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 at Radio Music City Hall in New York City.


Jeff Faraudo