Why Keenan Allen Makes Perfect Sense for the Green Bay Packers

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIFebruary 24, 2013

Wide receiver Keenan Allen makes perfect sense as the first pick for the Green Bay Packers.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen makes perfect sense as the first pick for the Green Bay Packers.Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

The 2013 NFL draft is only two months away, and wide receiver Keenan Allen is one of the most NFL-ready prospects available. The former University of California product should be able to step in right away and contribute immediately for a team.

The Green Bay Packers hold the 26th pick of this year's draft. There are a number of needs that Green Bay could address with its first-round pick, but few would consider wide receiver one of those needs.

However, Allen, who Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller has ranked as the third-best receiver, makes perfect sense for Green Bay.

Let me tell you why.

For the past few seasons, the Packers have housed one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. With players like Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, James Jones and Randall Cobb on the roster, it's easy to see why this team has been so successful through the air.

However, the 2013 receiving corps for Green Bay could look rather different than in recent seasons. For starters, Driver announced his retirement earlier this month. Jennings is a free agent, and his $14 million asking price is probably too high for the Packers.

That leaves the Packers with only three proven receivers on their roster. This also leaves them without the personnel to do what they love to do, which is to spread the field with receivers.

Not only would Allen be able to step in from the outset and produce, he has the ability to do so at an extremely high level. He has all the skills to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver in this league, and he could become that sooner rather than later.

Two areas of Allen's game that would really shine in the Packers' offense are his ability to catch the ball at its highest point and being able to make plays after the catch.

As you can see in the above picture, Allen times his jump perfectly and catches the ball at its highest point. With a quarterback as accurate as Rodgers, he'd become an incredible weapon in the red zone because of this ability.

Allen also excels at making plays after the catch. He doesn't have the pure speed of a DeSean Jackson, but he has the quickness and agility to make defenders consistently miss. He'd be extremely valuable on the slant routes that Green Bay loves to run.

As an overall prospect, Allen is very similar to Jennings when he came out of Western Michigan. This is another reason it makes perfect sense that he be drafted by Green Bay. The Packers would be able to replace one of their best receivers with a younger, cheaper version.

While the Packers may decide that a defensive player or offensive lineman is more important than stocking up more receivers, it'd be foolish to ever presume we know what Ted Thompson is thinking.

However, one thing is certain: Allen would be a perfect fit in Green Bay.