September 8, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen (21) celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. The California Golden Bears defeated the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 50-31. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Draft Targets: Keenan Allen’s Stock May be Plummeting

Keenan Allen was supposed to be one of the surer bets among this year’s wide receiver class. Everyone knew he wasn’t blazing fast but he had the hands and the polished skills and the route-running and the size and everything else you might need. He would not be the first receiver taken, you had to figure, but he would be a solid first round pick.

But things haven’t gone well for Allen since the end of the college season. In fact his problems started before the end of the season when he injured his knee. Questions about that knee persisted into the offseason. He was forced to skip all the combine workouts and did only limited work at Cal pro day. And when he finally did run for scouts, his 40 time was in Manti Te’o territory. Which isn’t good news.

You wouldn’t have thought things could look much worse for Allen after that. But they got worse. We have now learned that Allen was red flagged for a drug test at the combine after a suspicious amount of water showed up in his sample. His agent is spouting the usual denials but the red flag is there nonetheless. Teams now have that to factor into their process as well. Some draftniks have this guy sliding well into the second.

You could argue this is actually good news for the Vikings. If they want this guy, they can probably wait until the late second and still get him, and use their two firsts on defense. But do the Vikings even still have this guy on their board? We know character is a big deal for Rick Spielman and the gang. At least they keep saying it is. The drug test is certainly not a check mark in the “pro” category. And there’s the speed issue and the knee issue.

Lots of issues suddenly for a guy who once looked like a slam dunk first rounder.

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  • Mike Holly

    After this article, you can add Keenen Allen to DaRick Rogers as the Vikings’ likely WR targets in the 3rd or maybe even 4th round. Injuries and character issues are actually advantages at WR because it allows the player to fall beyond the point where the Vikings can get another starter for their D or other positions on offense less directly involved in the passing game. That is why they waited until the 4th round last year to get Greg Childs, another WR with potential but injury problems. The Vikings gave up on the passing after they reached for Ponder and found him to be nothing more than a game manager. The exception is Greg Jennings because he (like Harvin) is a master at getting open on Ponder’s short little passes.

  • Mandooooo

    I’m pretty sure if we drafted Harvin, and his pot smoking and then signed and re-signed Simpson after his pot smoking issues, if we really want Allen, this isn’t going to affect anything other than us being able to wait until the 2nd to get him instead of reaching for him in the first.

  • Charles Stocks

    Defense, Defense, Defense, defense

  • Draft Vikings Drew

    ESPN seems to be backing off of their claims of “red-flagged” testing. The recovery from a PCL injury usually does take around 6 months or so. Whatever team drafts him should have him available for their OTA’s and rookie mini-camp to start grasping their offense.

    I don’t think this would sway the Vikings to pass on him if he is their top target at WR. I think they are better off waiting until DAY TWO to draft one though.