With the 40th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2013 NFL mock draft, the Tennessee Titans select California wide receiver Keenan Allen. Detroit_fan is serving as the Titans' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
I had two goals heading into this mock draft for the Titans -- solidify the offensive line and pick up a new weapon for Jake Locker. I'm a big believer in setting up a young QB to succeed, and I think the best way to do that is give your young QB a solid O-line, a good running game and multiple targets to get the ball to. In the first round, I was able to grab the No. 1 OG on my board, so I felt the O-line and running game were in good shape heading into Round 2, and I decided to turn my attention to a new target for Locker.
Keenan Allen draws a lot of comparisons to Jordy Nelson (and some to Anquan Boldin, too), has good size (6'2"), has very good hands and most importantly, can run any route you need him to. While he doesn't have "elite" speed, his ability to run vertical routes, cross routes, speed outs and slants gives him the versatility I like in a WR prospect. Over the last two seasons, Allen had 2,080 yards, 159 receptions and 12 TDs.
One of the things that I really like best about Allen is his downfield blocking. He is very good at using his size to make blocks and help extend plays. With Allen on the roster, the young QB will have three nice targets in Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Allen, along with Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene in the backfield and a solid O-line in front of him.
Check out the 2013 Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.