Keenan Allen is considered one of the top wideouts in the 2013 NFL Draft -- he's NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4-ranked wide receiver -- but his status is up in the air because of a knee injury that caused him to miss working out at the combine and at California's pro day. However, Allen will perform a full workout during his April 9 pro day at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, N.C., CBSSports.com has learned.
Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl (yes, it's his park, obviously) told CBSSports.com that Allen will do "everything."
"He's going to do everything," Proehl said. "Forty [yard dash], bench, shuttle and run routes. His brother, Zach, will throw to him."
Zach is Zach Maynard, the former California quarterback who is Allen's half-brother. That should lend itself to a pretty comfortable setting, as will the setup at Proehlific Park.
"The Park's got everything you need as an athlete facility-wise," Proehl said. "For a college athlete, professional athlete, whatever. It's a controlled environment because it's indoors. Ultimately, what brought him to the park is he knows what he's going to get. It's a perfect spot to showcase his talent to scouts, NFL coaches and general managers."
It's also close to home: Allen is from Greensboro and attended Northern Guilford before heading out west to play for the Golden Bears. He caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns in 2011 and followed that up with a 61-catch, 737-yard, six-touchdown effort in 2012 despite missing the Bears' final three games of the season.
"He sprained his PCL, so he didn't do anything at the combine," Proehl said. "And you can either do your pro day at the college you attended or the hometown you grew up in. So it was a natural fit. He spent a lot of time at the park in high school. You know what you're going to get as far as being indoors for the weather. It's a controlled environment, and it was a perfect fit for him and his agent."
That controlled environment is pretty big for a guy like Allen, too. During Cal's pro day in 2012, the conditions were wet and rainy; getting to run the 40 indoors in Greensboro means he doesn't have to sweat possibly heading face first into gusts of wind. For someone whose biggest issue is speed and showing he can burn on a straight line with his knee, that's pretty critical.
Proehl, who also said he would do a personal workout in his capacity as Panthers wideout coach with Allen the next day, called Allen a "great kid," a "gym rat" and believes that when all is said and done, Allen will end up as a first-round pick.
That certainly fits with the list of CBSSports.com 2013 NFL Mock Drafts -- only one of our six mocks has him falling out of the first round, with Allen landing to either the Rams (22nd overall), the Vikings (23rd, 25th) or the Texans (27th overall.)
A big performance in Greensboro could vault his draft stock even higher.