September 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen (21) runs the ball against the defense of Southern California Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey (21) during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen: Lucky Number 13

All this talk about Manti Te’o, DJ Fluker and Bryant McKinnie has pushed talk about my favorite selection in the draft to the back burner. In the 3rd round of the draft, the Chargers got an absolute steal by seelcting CAL WR Keenan Allen. Allen came out of college as one of the top receivers rated in the draft, but a poor poor Pro day workout had some people worried. He also was red flagged at the combine for his injuries that he worked through.

He did all these tests while still recovering from a PCL sprain. Even without the injury, he still might not be one of the fastest receivers coming out of college. It is not his speed that seperates him from the rest of the pack though. He is an outstanding route runner and he wins the jump ball. He is a playmaker. He catches everything he gets his hands on and is great after the catch. Before all the workouts, he was expected to be a first round pick. When all people had was tape, he was at the top of the class. But the stock dropped after seeing him run a 4.71 second 40-yard dash.

I am happy that Tom Telesco and crew didn’t put too much stock into how fast he runs his 40. It is about the overall production that stands out.

6-foot-2, 206 pound playmaker. He is coming into camp with a big chip on his shoulder. He was disappointed that he slipped all the way to the 3rd round, but he will be coming into camp trying to prove that everyone else was wrong.

He has a climb to make in camp. Lucky for him, the new staff in town will give him a fair shot at getting playing time. Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander and Vincent Brown all stand in his way, but I definitely can see him pushing his way into the lineup. Who will the odd man out be of that group?

After a few seasons, I could definitely see Allen being a huge contributor on offense. He has the talent to be the number 1 receiver. He has to be injury free and play with that chip on his shoulder. It should be fun to watch Philip connect with him.

Lucky 13!

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  • Sergio Quintero

    The fact he ran cost him one round in the draft easy, he should have played the draft process like Michael Crabtree & Heath Miller and have his tape speak for him.

    His bad decision has played to the chargers favor, interesting the mention of Crabtree since I think he’s best comparable to Allen.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i LOVED Crabtree coming out of college also!

      • Sergio Quintero

        Better not to run, than to run poorly in the draft process in terms of money. Another player who didn’t run is Rob Gronkowski.

  • tbell11

    Even though he doesn’t run fast, he looks like he has game speed because he’s making people miss and is taking these easy catches to the house. Great pick up by the Chargers.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Somebody on NFL Network, who I think was Charlie Casserly said that the team had a successful draft if the team starts at least 3 or 4 out of the players they drafted. Do you think we will have at least that many as actual starters? I think so. Fluker, T’eo, and this guy. Maybe that guy from the 5th. Not sure.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Williams the 5th round guy, will probably be the 4th corner, and with teams doing a whole lot of 4-5 WR sets he will see the field quite a bit.

      • Stefanie Smith

        I love that guy. Saw some videos of Williams and he can play and has some serious swagger.

      • Ernie Padaon

        i bet he becomes the nickel… there is a lot of talk about using gilchrist at safety

        • tubbs45

          Gilchrist played both in college and was a nasty safety…

    • davacho

      saw that segment on nfl network last night- that’s exactly what he said- so stoked for the season!

  • Peter Thompson

    I think some teams talked themselves out of picking this guy.. which is awesome for us, and not so awesome for them = )

  • Stefanie Smith

    Well, McKinnie wasted our time. He chose the Ravens. Signed a two year deal.

    • Sergio Quintero

      As much of headache this guy is, he was a major upgrade of Dunlap, my optimism for the season just took a step backwards.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Ugh, man now we still don’t have a LT. Can’t count on Dunlap unless our o-line coach can make some kind of miracle happen with him or Becton……Crap

        • Stefanie Smith

          I am bummed. I thought this was it.

    • Pels04

      AH! I knew it.That sucks.
      Stef, you might no choice but to root for Dunlap haha…..

    • tubbs45

      Well the season ain’t started yet, heads up Bolt fans. TT will pull a rabbit outta the hat. The rabbit maybe an old used up rabbit, but hey you can’t doubt the fact that he is trying and not being crazy impulsive (like AJ was last year).

      • Julien Bélair

        trade for eugene monroe

        • tubbs45

          I’ll beat that drum! Make so TT!!!

  • Louie

    Check out the route(1:23)..look how he sold the deep ball. SKILLZ
    Welcome to dago!!!!

  • tubbs45

    Lucky 13! I’ll buy that jersey!!!!

  • kushtonslater

    Keenan Allen is going to be a STAR

  • Ioane

    Not signing McKinnie could be a blessing in disguise. Still need a LT. Make it happen TT.

  • Bill Nichols

    First time in a hell of a long time, I’m not even going to sweat ,what moves the shot callers make. I actually totally trust them to make the best moves possible. God it feels so right. Bolt Up, let’s do this…TT n MM!!