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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