Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen, a freshman from Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, Arizona), enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Allen, an all-American, is one of the biggest pickups for the 2013 class. He received countless offers, including some from big programs like Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and more. Allen was the first player to commit to the Ducks after former head coach Chip Kelly departed for the NFL and Mark Helfrich took over at the helm.
At 6’0”and 187 lbs, Allen will benefit from his big size to help block down field for Oregon’s backs. Blocking is one of the most important components to being an Oregon receiver. Examples of great blocking receivers include former Ducks DJ Davis and Will Murphy, both NFL talents.
His greatest skillset could be his quick burst and acceleration. According to ESPN scouting, Allen had the best 3-Cone Drill time of any player in the 2013 recruiting class with a time of 7.69. Allen is also a great route-runner and could line up in the slot or out wide. His durability is an uncertainty, but he could be another great to come in and player the TZR position that has been the job of former Duck LaMichael James and current Ducks De’Anthony Thomas and Bralon Addison.
Allen also had a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.30 in the 20-yard shuffle and a vertical jump of 29.5”. One of his most impressive measurements was his 100” in the broad jump, just one inch shy of the top mark.
Going into the 2013 season, it’s uncertain whether or not he will redshirt or see playing time as a freshman. With five of the Ducks’ top-6 receivers returning from last season, his impact won’t be felt much. He will more likely compete for playing time his second season with the team.
Oregon will graduate Josh Huff, and will likely lose Thomas and tight end Colt Lyerla to the NFL. A redshirt would be a good choice for Allen, allowing him to learn the offense and come in prepared to battle for a starting job in year two.