It’s the time of year where fans of teams that didn’t make playoffs turn their attention to the draft and look to the future. Unfortunately, Raiders fans are apart of that collective. I will be giving you a look at the top prospects (senior and juniors that have declared to date, only) at every position as we head towards the 2013 NFL draft. We will post refreshed rankings after the combine, pro days, etc.
Today's focus is on wide receivers. While the Raiders are very unlikely to take a wide receiver in the first round and lack a second round pick. However, receiver is an area of weakness with them and they may look for at a pass-catcher if one they like falls into the 3rd round.
1. Keenan Allen 6’3 210 lbs California
Allen is a natural hands receiver who has the ability to catch the ball away from his body. Although he suffers from the occasional concentration drop he more than makes up for it with his ability to make some stunning catches too. He uses his body well to shield defenders from an approaching ball so he can get a reception even when covered.
Allen doesn’t have elite speed but he has the ability to create separation and is deceptively fast for his size. He can use his size and athletic ability well and will help out his quarterback by allowing them to throw the ball up for grabs where he’ll climb the ladder to bring it down.
Allen is coming off an injury so the medical testing and skill tests at the combine/pro day will be big for him but if he tests well in those areas he should get drafted high.
Pro Comparison: Dez Bryant