2017 NFL Draft

Pro Day: Cal WR Allen to hold private workout April 9

Pro Day: Cal WR Allen to hold private workout April 9

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com

California junior wide receiver Keenan Allen said at the NFL Scouting Combine he would run at the team's scheduled pro day, but he won't be ready for next week's workout.

Instead, Allen will hold a workout on April 9 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, N.C., a venue owned by former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl.

Asked in Indianapolis if he'd be part of the Golden Bears' pro day, Allen said, "Yes, sir. March 14th."

He's recovering from a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee. Speed is the biggest doubt that he must erase for scouts, who are split on whether he's a top-20 talent.

Allen (6-foot-2, 206) initially signed a letter of intent with Alabama. But when coach Nick Saban plotted to use him at safety at the same time that Allen's half-brother, Zach Maynard, and two other high school teammates enrolled at Cal, he switched his commitment to Cal. In Saban's defense, Allen had 17 interceptions as a junior and senior. To Allen's point, he also scored 53 touchdowns on offense as a senior at Northern Guilford High School, where he played his final two years as a prep and was a Parade All-American.

Scouts fear he's a "strider" with build-up speed, lacking the suddenness or quick-twitch aspect to his game to separate from NFL cornerbacks.

In his favor: He runs crisp routes and lined up in the slot on third down, so he's versed at three wide receiver positions. This isn't to be underestimated in an age in which formation flexibility can be a trump card.

And, lest we remind that just last August, the Jaguars decided they needed to limit fifth overall pick Justin Blackmon to one position to help facilitate his assimilation to an NFL offense.

Allen said he compares himself to Anquan Boldin -- beyond productive, but famously timed in the 4.6 range in the 40 -- but claims to have never been timed in the 40-yard dash.

For more NFL draft news and analysis, follow Jeff Reynolds on Twitter at @ReynoldsJD.

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