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Alex Okafor (80) is On the Clock's selection as the 35th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Alex Okafor (80) is On the Clock’s selection as the 35th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: optimumscouting.com)

33. Jacksonville Jaguars- Matt Barkley, QB, USC

34. San Francisco 49ers (From Kansas City Chiefs)*- Eric Reid, FS, LSU

35. Philadelphia Eagles- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

36. Detroit Lions- Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders)- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

38. Arizona Cardinals- Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

39. Cleveland Browns- FORFEIT (Pick was used to select WR Josh Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft)

40. New York Jets- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

41. Tennessee Titans- Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State

42. Buffalo Bills- Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

43. Miami Dolphins- Robert Woods, WR, USC

Jonathan Cyprien (7) is On the Clock's selection as the 45th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Jonathan Cyprien (7) is On the Clock’s selection as the 45th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

44. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

45. Carolina Panthers- Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU

46. New Orleans Saints- FORFEIT (Pick was taken by the NFL as a penalty for the Bountygate Scandal)

47. San Diego Chargers- Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

48. St. Louis Rams- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

49. Dallas Cowboys- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

50. Pittsburgh Steelers- Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

51. New York Giants- Matt Elam, SS, Florida

52. Chicago Bears- Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

53. Washington Redskins- Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

54. Minnesota Vikings- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

55. Cincinnati Bengals- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

56. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts)- Kyle Long, OT, Oregon

Sam Montgomery (99) is On the Clock's selection as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: the Las Vegas Sun)

Sam Montgomery (99) is On the Clock’s selection as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: the Las Vegas Sun)

57. Green Bay Packers- Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

58. Seattle Seahawks- Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut

59. Houston Texans- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

60. Denver Broncos- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

61. New England Patriots- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

62. Atlanta Falcons- Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State

63. San Francisco 49ers- Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

64. Baltimore Ravens- Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State

*: The 34th pick will not officially belong to the San Francisco 49ers until the Alex Smith trade is declared official on March 12th.

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BYU defensive end/outside linebacker Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (47) intercepts a tipped pass against San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Dec. 20, 2012. The Cougars defeated the Aztecs 23-6.

BYU defensive end/outside linebacker Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah (47) intercepts a tipped pass against San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Dec. 20, 2012. The Cougars defeated the Aztecs 23-6. (Source: patriots.com)

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah is not the typical NFL prospect. The 6′ 5″, 271 pound BYU Cougar originally hails from Accra, Ghana and grew up playing basketball. When Ziggy came came to America and Provo, Utah, specifically, he ran track for the Cougars for one year and tried and failed twice to walk on to the basketball team. From there, Ansah discovered football and convinced head coach Bronco Mendenhall to give him a chance. Ziggy became a special teams player in his second season in Provo and was starting on the defensive line last season, his senior year.

His full story can be found in these two videos from 2011:

Here are Ansah’s stats from BYU:

Career: 31 games played, 72 total tackles, 39 unassisted, 33 assisted, 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 7 quarterback hits, 9 passes broken up

2012: 13 games played (13 starts), 62 total tackles, 35 unassisted, 27 assisted, 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 6 quarterback hits, 9 passes broken up

Ansah, who originally dreamed of playing in the NBA, is now headed for a career in the NFL and it is time for me to evaluate him. My evaluation will consist of these categories: Agility, Bull Rush, Speed Rush, Run Defense, Speed/Burst, Strength, Pass Defense, Tackle, Read and React and Health.

AGILITY: 

Honestly, Ansah has some of the best natural agility that I have seen in this year’s crop of defensive linemen and linebackers. He can change direction as quick or quicker than just about anybody, and when he is engaged with a lineman (or any type of blocker, for that matter) he throws one of the quickest and best spin moves that I have seen. This spin move is flat out dirty and it is one of Ansah’s best assets. He is not as balanced as I would like to see, but that is because he is still learning and getting comfortable in his pads. 9.0/10.0

BULL RUSH: 

Ansah doesn’t have the strongest bull rush, but that is mainly due to the fact that sometimes he doesn’t stay low and that is a horrible thing for a defensive lineman to do. One of the main thing that coaches preach to defensive linemen is to “Keep your pads low!” When a D-lineman is lower than his offensive counterpart, then he can get leverage and push the o-lineman backward. Now, during my third year of football, I wasn’t very good at this either, but I also am no comparison to Ziggy Ansah. But, Ansah seems extremely coachable and I bet that we will see improvement in this when Ansah takes the field in September for his first NFL game.  7.75/10.00

SPEED RUSH:

When Ansah is lined up in his typical defensive end or outside linebacker spot (he also lined up at nose tackle and defensive tackle at BYU), he has a pretty dang good speed rush. He stays outside and then cuts inside, usually using his spin when he sees that the quarterback has handed the ball off to a running back on a draw or that the QB is setting up to throw the ball. He doesn’t always get inside (notably during the Notre Dame game), but when he does, he causes a ton of disruption for the offense, and if you don’t believe me, check out the Utah State highlights throughout the videos. 8.5/10.0

RUN DEFENSE: 

Ansah is a naturally good tackler, which helps him a ton in his run defense. He’s not the greatest at diagnosing the play (but who is after only three seasons?), but when he does see it, he uses the speed and burst that I will talk about in the next section to catch up to running backs and throw them to the ground. I am honestly hugely impressed with Ansah’s run defense. 8.75/10.00

SPEED/BURST: 

Ansah ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the Combine in Indy on Monday, sixth best among all the defensive linemen at the event. His speed and burst are even more impressive on the field. As I said in the last section, Ansah can chase down running backs who have gotten past him. There were times in his tape when he would come out of nowhere to make a tackle. He also has an insane burst when he sees a lane on a play. For example, in the Notre Dame game, Ansah was lined up at OLB and was left unblocked on a draw play. Ansah bursts through a lane on the Notre Dame line and takes Irish RB Theo Riddick down to the Notre Dame Stadium grass. That play shows Ansah’s burst more than almost any other. 8.75/10.00

STRENGTH:

If I were to say that Ansah is the strongest d-lineman in the draft, I’d be lying, but he is still really strong. He repped 225 pounds 21 times in the bench press test in Indianapolis and there are tons of plays where Ansah locks out 300+ pound offensive linemen to showcase how strong he really is. There is also a scene in the second video of Ansah’s story (above) that shows how strong he is. At one of BYU’s practices, Ansah lifts a blocking dummy (which, trust me, are not light) about six feet in the air and then throws it down to the ground as if it weighed nothing at all. That play showcased his strength to me more than any other. The best thing about Ansah’s strength is that there is more to come. He will benefit hugely from working with a NFL strength and conditioning coach to build a lot more strength in the weight room. I really cannot wait to see him in the NFL. 9.0/10.0

PASS DEFENSE:

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Ansah knock as pass down against Washington State.

Ansah is about as good as it gets when it comes to defensive linemen against the pass. He broke up nine passes and even intercepted a pass this past season. I thought Bjoern Werner was about as good as it got for d-linemen here, but now that I have seen Ansah’s tape, I realize I was wrong. For Ansah, this all just comes naturally, and his pass defense is no exception. 9.25/10.00

TACKLE: 

I stated this earlier, and it seems like I’m saying this a lot, but tackling just comes naturally to Ziggy. He rarely misses a tackle and has learned well on how to form tackle from his coaches at BYU. He hits hard and doesn’t let players escape. If Ziggy gets ahold of a player, they are meeting the turf in some way. 9.0/10.0

READ AND REACT: 

This is an area where Ziggy could improve, but it really has to do with the fact that he’s only been playing the game for three years. It takes a ton of time to be able to read formations and linemen well, and Ziggy can do that, it’s just not as fast as I would like to see. But, I believe that he will improve with time in the NFL. So for right now my rating is 7.0/10.0, but I truly believe that he will improve and improve fast.

HEALTH: 

No injury problems currently, but with an inexperienced player, injuries are always a risk because of poor technique and learning how to defend different things that offensive players do (ex: cut blocks, a lesson I learned the hard way). 10.0/10.0

OVERALL:

If it’s not already obvious, I think that Ziggy Ansah is the best defensive lineman or outside linebacker available in this year’s draft. Overall, he got a score of I think that he has almost limitless potential. Here’s how I see it. If had his ability after only three seasons of football, then I would have a FBS scholarship and still be playing instead of sitting behind my computer screen writing about players. He is one of the most naturally gifted players that I have seen in a l0ng time, and I believe that with some coaching, then he will be an All-Pro defensive player. He is raw, but there is just a ton of potential there. Now as to where Ansah will be drafted. Various sources have him going anywhere from picks 6 to 19, and I believe really believe that he’ll be off the board quick at pick #6 to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are still trying to build a competing team the likes of which they had before the old Browns moved to Baltimore. Ansah will help them out a ton on the defensive side of the ball and they will have the time to properly develop him to his true potential.

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Tomorrow I will be previewing Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington!

By Jeff Vinton, blogger/editor On the Clock

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, above, had a horrible showing at the NFL Combine Monday that include a 4.82 second 40-yard dash, .17 seconds more than his pre-Combine time.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, above, had a horrible showing at the NFL Combine Monday that include a 4.82 second 40-yard dash, .17 seconds more than his pre-Combine time. Source: BleacherReport.com

The third day of the combine kicked off with linebackers and defensive linemen going through drills at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and all eyes focused mainly on one player. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

By now everyone knows Te’o’s story. Heisman trophy candidate (finished 2nd), winner of the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski and Butkus awards, had to play the Michigan State game the week when his “girlfriend” (who later turned out to be fake, made up by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as part of a “catfish” scam) and grandmother died within hours of each other. He was on top of the college football world. Notre Dame was undefeated, #1 in the nation for the first time since 1993, and then, January hit.

Alabama throttled Notre Dame in the National Championship game 42-14. Deadspin.com published the story about the catfish scam. Te’o began to drop down draft boards, and his life began to unravel.

What happened today is not going to help his cause. Today, Te’o posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds. That is .17 seconds slower than his CBSSports.com Draft Profile had recorded for him on Sunday. And when one is in the middle of a field trying to catch a running back or keep up with a wide receiver, that .17 seconds can be an eternity.

Thanks to what Te’o is referring to as “the incident,” he was already a fringe first round pick, down from a top 10 selection in December. Now that he has posted that 40 time, it is unlikely that he will even be selected in the first round. John Harbaugh, coach of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, the team best suited to draft Te’o (and the team I chose as my pick to draft him in my preview Saturday) at the beginning of the day due to the retirement of future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, looked disappointed and disinterested in Te’o during coverage of the combine on NFL.com.

After today’s performance, it is likely that some of the lesser known linebackers will have a golden opportunity to jump up and take Te’o’s position in the first round. Te’o may drop to the second half of the second round, and maybe even the third round if he cannot improve on today’s performance at Notre Dame’s pro day on March 26.

Outside of Te’o’s debacle, there were great performances put on today. Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden put in the top 40 time for the day with a time of 4.47 seconds. The top defensive lineman in the 40 was Trevardo Williams of Connecticut with a time of 4.57. Top draft pick Barkevious Mingo of LSU put up a time of 4.58 and Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah ran a time of 4.63.

Three defensive linemen led the pack in the bench press with Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern State and Margus Hunt of SMU benching 225 pounds 38 times and Akeem Spence of Illinois benching it 37 times. Bjoern Werner (whose preview can be found in the Florida State, Linebacker, or Player Preview categories) benched 25 times and Ansah benched 21 times.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right) was not impressed with the showing of Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, running the 40-yard dash (left) at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Monday. Source: thebiglead.com

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right) was not impressed with the showing of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, running the 40-yard dash (left) at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Monday.
Source: thebiglead.com

Conversely, three linebackers had the highest verticals today. Jamie Collins of Southern Miss jumped 41.5 inches, while Cornelius Washington of Georgia jumped 39 inches and Sio Moore of UConn jumped 38 inches. Mingo jumped 37 inches in the air and Te’o jumped 33.

A mix of linemen and linebackers led the group in the broad jump. Collins leaped 139 inches (11’ 7”), which was a Combine record, Gooden leaped 131 inches (10’ 11”), South Carolina defensive lineman Devin Taylor, Washington and Mingo all flew 128 inches (10’ 8”). Ansah and Florida linebacker Jon Bostic leaped 118 inches (9’ 10”).

Another story coming in to the day was that Utah defensive lineman and potential top five draft pick Star Loutlelei was pulled out of participating in drills due to a heart condition. That condition has yet to be specified and coverage on that and all other things NFL Draft will continue through April 27 on On the Clock: Your NFL Draft Destination.

Tomorrow, the defensive backs will take the field in Indianapolis for drills to close out the combine. On the Clock’s Bill Slane will have the coverage.

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Florida strong safety Matt Elam takes Louisville running back Jeremy Wright in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 2, 2013. The #21 Cardinals upset the #3 Gators, 33-23.

Florida strong safety Matt Elam knocks Louisville running back Jeremy Wright’s helmet off of his head during the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans Jan. 2, 2013. The #21 Cardinals upset the #3 Gators, 33-23.

Matt Elam (5′ 10″, 202 lbs.) is one of the top safeties going into April’s draft. Elam was know for his highlight-reel hits during his time at Florida. He was a spark plug on their defense who kept the team excited and helped make Will Muschamp’s defense one of the best in the country this past fall. Elam was someone that even from just watching his tape, was easily found on the field from his excited and passionate play. He truly cares about his team and wants to do whatever it takes to help them succeed.

Here are his stats from Florida:

Career: 176 total tackles, 124 unassisted, 52 assisted, 23.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 13 passes defended, 6 interceptions.

2012: 76 total tackles, 58 unassisted, 18 assisted, 11 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defended, 4 interceptions

Now that Elam (who will participate in drills at the Combine this morning) has declared for the NFL Draft, I will evaluate him. My evaluation will be based on these categories: Agility, Run Defense, Blitz, Range, Coverage, Tackle, Ball Skills, Speed, Completion Percentage and Health.

AGILITY: 

Matt Elam has pretty dang good agility. He is insanely quick as a runner, tackler and coverage man. He is balanced, he can keep up with any move that a receiver or running back tries to put on him, and he can change direction on a dime. Long story short, Elam possesses top of the line agility. 9.0/10.0

RUN DEFENSE:

Elam can attack the line and the ball carrier with the best of them. He takes on blocks head on and throws them with quick jukes and strong throws, but he sucks (and I am not using that word lightly) at bringing down the ball carrier. I’ll get to this more in the tackle section, but all he does is go for the big hit. This is NOT going to work in the NFL. I don’t know what it is going to take, but someone needs to teach Elam how to bring down a ball carrier correctly. I maybe saw him wrap up a ball carrier correctly five times in his tape. It infuriated me, and I would second guess drafting him in the first or second round because of it. 8.0/10.0

BLITZ: 

When asked to blitz and bring down the quarterback, Elam does fairly well. He is usually asked to blitz on the outside and beat the tackle around the edge, and when he does, he tries to put a huge hit on the QB. But this is where that whole tackle thing comes into play. Sometimes he puts a huge hit on the QB and other times the QB squats, lowers his shoulder, and bounces away from Elam. There are other times (and all of this happens in his run defense too) where the QB will break Elam’s tackle. Most of these times he strings the QB to the edge and Florida’s defense would swarm the ball carrier, which helped him out, but he still needs to get better at bringing down the ball carrier. 8.0/10.0

RANGE:

Since Elam is pretty dang fast (pre-Combine 40 time: 4.53) he moves pretty damn well in space. He can read where the QB is throwing the ball and closes in on it very fast, and when he sees a fumble he is usually one of the first defenders to get there because he takes great angles. Elam has very impressive range. 9.0/10.0

COVERAGE: 

Elam is a much better zone coverage man that a man to man coverage man. In coverage he can read the throw and the QB’s eyes and see where it is going and react much quicker. In man, he doesn’t have that opportunity and has to keep up with a receiver, who is usually at full sprint when Elam meets him down the field. He is pretty good at both, but he is much better when he combines with a corner in man coverage. QB’s like to take shots at receivers that Elam is covering, but few of them get completed. I wish I knew the actual statistic, but I’ll keep it at this. Elam is a pretty damn good coverage guy. 8.5/10.0

TACKLE: 

Here’s the section I’ve already mentioned twice and have been waiting to get to. And I’m going to put this bluntly. Matt Elam cannot tackle. I don’t know what it is. I’m wondering if he ever even learned how to tackle when he was younger. I was taught how to tackle almost every single year I played football, so I have no idea how Elam is so bad. All I saw in Elam’s tape is him trying to make big hits on guys and receivers, running backs and quarterbacks all just bouncing off of him and getting first downs or huge gains. I said this earlier, but I’m going to say it again. This absolutely infuriated me. These plays can work in high school where he was probably one of the best defensive players in his league, but it sure as hell didn’t work in college and it’s not going to work in the pros. Elam

needs to be taken aside and taught how to wrap up on a ball carrier. Going for big hits may work once a game, but a defensive player has to be able to WRAP UP! Honestly, if I were a GM in the NFL, I would pass on Elam because of this in the first few rounds. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t take him until rounds four or five. That’s how big of an issue this is. There’s plenty of teams that could use a good safety, but I’m not sure that Elam can do that unless he learns how to tackle. 5.0/10.0

BALL SKILLS: 

matt elam 2When Elam has the opportunity to create a turnover, whether that be an interception or fumble, he relishes the opportunity. He, like any defender, loves to create turnovers and give the ball and some momentum to his offense. He is also a pretty good defender on balls in the air. He’s not afraid to jump to hit a ball out of the air or dive to knock a ball that’s in front of him down. I like Elam’s ball skills. 8.25/10.00

SPEED: 

With a pre-combine time of 4.53, Elam is up with the some of the best safeties in the draft when it comes to speed. He has a great burst when he is blitzing and his acceleration is top of the line. Elam can catch up to just about anyone on the field and NFL teams will love that. 8.75/10.00

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE:

QB’s like to take shots at receivers that Elam is covering, but few of them get completed. I wish I knew the actual statistic, but I’ll keep it at this. When it comes to completion percentage, Elam’s is pretty low for a safety. 8.5/10.0

HEALTH:

No injury problems here. 10.0/10.0

OVERALL: 

Overall, Elam gets an 8.3/10.0 from me, but I just cannot get past his tackling ability. It’s just missing. I understand that as as player, one would want to make big hits because it gets them on SportsCenter and it gets them noticed by scouts, but when scouts dive into the players tape and see like I have that he can’t tackle, I can’t see scouts recommending that their team draft Elam in the first few rounds in April. I went into this thinking that Elam, from what I had seen this past season, was one of the top safeties in college football. He’s fast, he has good ball skills and he can read and react with the best of them. But he just can’t tackle. If it were me, I wouldn’t draft Elam until the 5th round, but I know that he’ll be gone by the end of the 2nd. Good Luck to whichever team drafts him. You have a project on your hands and I wish you luck. Maybe you’ll come out on top and make a great pick. Maybe he’ll be a bust. Just don’t pay him too much.

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Keenan Allen (21) goes up for the ball against Jalil Brown (23) during a game against the University of Colorado.

Keenan Allen (21) goes up for the ball against Jalil Brown (23) during a game against the University of Colorado.

Keenan Allen (6′ 3″, 210 lbs.) out of the University of California-Berkley is not one of the more known wide receivers in this year’s draft, but he is one of, if not the, best receivers. He suffered from the fact that Cal was well, average. Had he gone to, say Alabama, we all would know much more about him and he would probably be in competition for a top 5 draft slot. Allen was a five star recruit coming out of high school (Northern Guilford, Greensboro, NC) as a safety, but after committing to Cal, Jeff Tedford converted Allen into one of the nation’s top wide receivers during his three years at the school. Sadly, Tedford was fired after Cal finished the 2012 season 3-9 (2-7 in the Pac-12), and as many juniors do when their head coach gets fired, Allen declared for the NFL Draft instead of staying at Cal for his senior season.

Here are Allen’s stats from Cal:

Career Receiving: 205 receptions, 2570 yards, 17 touchdowns

2012 Receiving: 61 catches, 737 yards, 6 touchdowns in 9 games (missed final 3 games due to PCL tear in left knee)

Now, I will evaluate Allen on these criteria: Size, Speed/Quickness, Get-Off, Route Running, Hands, Body Control, Catching in Traffic, Yards after the Catch, and Blocking Skills.

SIZE: 

Allen is 6’ 3” and 210 lbs. That is great size for a receiver. It will allow him to get above corners and safeties in the NFL and be seen by his quarterback. I love his size and I’m sure NFL teams do too. (Good height to win jump balls downfield) 9.0/10.0

SPEED/QUICKNESS: 

Allen runs a 4.53 40, and his feet sure look damn quick to me. I don’t see Allen being used a primary deep threat in the NFL, he’s just an inch or two too short for that, but his speed can get him behind coverage and his quickness will allow him to juke defenders right out of their shoes. He can also make very sharp cuts, and get back to full speed very quickly. This is a great asset that Allen needs to use to his advantage. Allen is a very agile and physical ball carrier when he has the ball and he also has great hip flexibility because he has the ability to get low in his routes and explode out of his breaks. 9.0/10.0

GET-OFF:

Keenan Allen has a very strong get-off. On pretty much every play where he was lined up outside, he would have a very quick get off and get to top speed almost immediately. He also throws moves to shake defenders and get open in the middle of the field. 8.5/10.0

ROUTE RUNNING: 

Allen is a very solid route runner. I can’t really see in my head a route that he doesn’t really run well. His best routes are slants, cross routes, speed outs, and vertical “go” routes. One of the primer route runners in the nation. 9.0/10.0

HANDS: 

Strong hands. He didn’t really get to show them in college, but I believe that his hands compare well with just about any receiver in the country. He attacks the ball with his hands and rarely catches the ball with his body. All in all, great hands. 8.5/10.0

BODY CONTROL: 

Allen has decent body control. I saw good examples of this in his tape and bad examples. First off, bad examples. There were a few plays that I saw where Allen was running down the sideline and just wouldn’t think where his body was in relation to the sideline, and would step out of bounds. One of these even cost Cal a touchdown. And as for good examples, there was a play (in the Ohio St./USC video) when Allen had to jump in the air along the sideline and grab a pass and had the body control to get a foot inbounds before going out. If he can improve on this, then Allen will have a better chance at becoming a great receiver in the NFL. 8.25/10.00

NCAA Football: California at Arizona State

Keenan Allen runs downfield against Arizona State

CATCHING IN TRAFFIC: 

Not the strongest at catching in traffic, but that has in part to do with his quarterback in college. Many of the passes thrown to Allen at Cal were too low, too high, too far in front of him, or too far behind him so he never had the chance to catch many of them. I believe that thanks to his hands, Allen can catch just about any ball, but he just wasn’t given the opportunity in college to do so. 8.5/10.0

YARDS AFTER THE CATCH: 

Allen can cut on a dime and juke just about any defender, so this is one of his better areas. He stretches the field north-south, which I love, and doesn’t go down easily. He tries to get every possible yard and he is very fast, which helps him out a ton here. 8.75/10.00

BLOCKING SKILLS: 

I did not see much of Allen blocking. But the little bit I did see is described perfectly by NFL.com’s draft profile of Allen. It says Allen “does not utilize his size or length as a run blocker,” and that he “does not execute cut blocks and at times fails to hit a target.” Now don’t get me wrong. Allen did have some good blocks, but this is probably the area that he needs to work on the most going forward. If he can become an elite blocker, then there is no limit to what he can accomplish. 8.0/10.0

OVERALL: 

Overall, from me Keenan Allen receives an 8.61/10.00. I believe that Allen is the best receiver available in this year’s draft. It’s hard to tell that from his tape, but many of the times that Allen looked bad on tape, it was due to a poorly thrown ball from his quarterback, and half-brother, Zach Maynard. I think that if Allen had had a better QB throwing to him that he would have much more hype going into this year’s draft. But I just think that all of his intangibles will add up to him being a great receiver in the NFL that whatever team that drafts him will be lucky to have. Now who will be that lucky team? Due to the PCL tear that Allen suffered in week 9 against Utah, he will not go as high as he should. I believe that Allen has fully recovered, but he is being cautious with is and skipping the NFL Combine this weekend, which will hurt his draft stock. Because of that, Cordarrelle Patterson will probably be the first receiver off the board, not Allen. I really can see Allen getting drafted by the Packers and joining fellow Golden Bear Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. When I was watching his tape, Allen reminded me a lot of Greg Jennings, and since Jennings is inching closer to retirement and he might leave Green Bay in free agency, it wouldn’t be a bad move for the Pack to grab Allen at a premium, and it is definitely something I see them doing.

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Next, I will be profiling Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame!