Cat Scratch Reader is SB Nation's Carolina Panthers blog, and James Dator is one of their writers over there. Dator attended Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen's Pro Day today, and he reported that representatives from the Indianapolis Colts were in attendance.
In fact, not only are the Colts present at the Pro Day, but they were there in force:
Colts and Vikings most heavily represented thus far— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Allen is projected as a late first round pick. The Vikings pick twice in the first round and the Colts pick once with the order going:
No. 23- Vikings
No. 24- Colts
No. 25- Vikings (pick acquired from Seattle in exchange for WR Percy Harvin)
According to Dator, the Colts had receiver coach Charlie Williams was present and asked Allen to run various routes.
Colts receivers coach asked for the most routes— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Colts ask for a skinny post, Proehl throws out of his reach— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
Proehl would be Ricky Proehl, the former NFL wide receiver who won a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He also played for the Rams and Panthers. He's now an assistant coach in Carolina.
Allen's route-running apparently impressed many at the Pro Day.
Bengals scout: "He did an awesome job"— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
However, his 40 time left a lot to be desired. Dator reports that NFL Network's Mike Mayock closed Allen at 4.71 and 4.75. That's slow. Way, way, WAY too slow for a first round prospect. However, Dator noted that Allen looked faster running routes than running the 40.
Still, 4.71 simply is not fast. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck runs a faster 40 time than 4.71. Offensive lineman Terron Armstead ran a 4.71 at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. If Bill Polian still ran the Colts front office, those times would likely drop Allen down Bill's draft board.
I know some of you might be thinking that Allen is a Reggie Wayne-type replacement, but it's worth noting that Reggie was never a slow receiver. He was timed 4.45 in the 40 at the 2001 NFL Scouting Combine.
The reason Allen held his Pro Day today is because he missed the 2013 Scouting Combine with a sprained PCL. It's possible that the PCL injury is still affecting his straight-line speed.
Dr. Andrews says Allen's knee is at 100% his surrounding muscles are at 75%... Per trainers— James Dator (@James_Dator) April 9, 2013
That the Colts showed so much interest in Allen suggests that he is a target of theirs somewhere in the 2013 NFL Draft. If I'm Grigson, that 4.71 40 time scares me off, and I focus instead on Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins if wideout is what Indy feels they need at No. 24.
That said, it seems the overall vibe surrounding Allen's Pro Day was positive.
Allen is 6'3', 210 lb. He caught 61 balls for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Golden Bears last year.