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.


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  • Raf

    4.7+? Ouch.

  • Rollonubears

    Has he ever been fast? He was always very quick, but I don’t recall breakaway speed during his tenure. Perhaps his knee was bothering him the whole time. Oh well, he’ll still get drafted.

  • Raf

    “Fast” might as well be a foreign country, even Te’o ran pro day 4.71. A 4.75 would put him dead last for ALL WRs at the combine.

  • Kotempman

    I don’t think he was ever fast, just quick with great hands….it will be interesting to see if the pro’s think he is a first round choice…stay tuned!

  • Calduke

    Tedford’s coaching and offensive scheme is to blame for Keenan’s slow 40 time.

  • Suttree

    The scouts in attendance had uniformly glowing reports on KA. Don’t think the 40 hurts for the type of player he is.

  • milo

    KA will be used as a possession receiver, a guy who can run a perfect 10-12 yard route, catch the ball in traffic and not get beat up, maybe grab some yards after the catch.

  • Eric

    Boldin is not fast. The guy the 49ers.

  • rotfogel

    He’s a good football player who reminds me of a bigger version of Hines Ward. That guy seems to have had a good NFL career.

  • see 90 yard TD catch against 4.3 potential first rounder desmond trufant.

    allen has FOOTBALL speed.

  • Dan

    The 40 time will definitely drop him in the draft, whether it be for his speed, or lack thereof, or concern about his injury.

    4.75? Ouch is right. That’s slow white guy, possession receiver speed – 30 years ago – In college. Trust me on that, I speak from personal experience.

    Milo, the NFL doesn’t draft possession receivers in the first round. Or second round. Keenan has been projected as a first rounder, so with some respect, you’re wrong.

    It will be interesting to see how far the dismal 40 time will drop him.

  • Larry

    The NFL has enough film on Keenan. I think he is faster than a 4.7/40. He’ll be a good pickup for somebody.

  • BlueNGold

    It will be interesting to see where KA goes and how he does there. A couple of years from now, will his career be over, like JBest, or will he be a successful NFL player like DJax? Anyone have a prediction?