2013 NFL Draft: Keenan Allen projected for first round

Jason O. Watson

Allen, one of the top wide receivers in Golden Bears history, could be a star at the next level.

The crop of wide receivers entering their name for the 2013 NFL Draft isn't as deep as it has been in recent years. While the quantity may not be there, there are quite a few promising receivers that could go in the earlier rounds. California Golden Bears standout Keenan Allen is one of those players.

According to the latest mock draft from Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, he sees Allen going late in the first round to the Houston Texans.

The Texans don't have a dangerous second threat at receiver. Andre Johnson had 12 catches on Sunday versus the Colts. The next receiver had 3. Allen, if he slips this far, could be a nice addition to the receiving corps. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, he's got the size to be a reliable go-to No. 1 in the pros. A solid complement to Andre Johnson.

Allen, a junior this past season at California, caught 61 passes for 737 yards and six touchdowns. These numbers were down a bit after he broke out for 1,343 yards in 2011, although inefficiencies at quarterback likely held Allen back a considerable amount.

If there is any downside to Allen's chances at the next level, it's that he lacks breakaway speed. He does, however, possess a solid frame and has solid hands.

The NFL Draft is set for April 25-27 from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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