Sports Illustrated Re-Draft: Keenan Allen Selected 2nd, D.J. Fluker Selected 4th
Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) is congratulated for his touchdown reception on his sidelines by linebacker Thomas Keiser (90) and other members in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Sports Illustrated conducted a re-draft of last season’s NFL Draft in order to see how things would play out if team’s were to do the draft again knowing what they know about all the rookies in the league. Here are where they had Keenan Allen and D.J. Fluker selected:
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
(Original pick: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M)
Re-do pick: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Joeckel fared well when he was healthy, but he lasted just four-plus games into his rookie season before a broken ankle landed him on IR. As starved as the Jaguars were for offensive playmakers, Allen would have come in very handy. He was a godsend for the Chargers, becoming the NFL’s first 1,000-yard rookie receiver in two years and establishing new San Diego rookie records for catches (71) and yardage (1,046). Allen lasted until the third round in April, but he doesn’t even make it to the third pick in our re-draft.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
(Original pick: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma)
Re-do pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
There was nothing shabby about the Eagles’ original pick of Lane Johnson, but Fluker looked even better at right tackle for the Chargers. Though he struggled in a four-game starting stint at left tackle, Fluker proved to be athletic in his pass-blocking and powerful in run-blocking, logging more than 1,000 snaps for a playoff-qualifying San Diego team that was fortunate to see him fall all the way to No. 11.
Keenan Allen jumped up to the 2nd overall draft selection in the re-draft. What a value we got by taking him in the 3rd round. Fluker moved up to the 4th overall selection in the draft.
Tom Telesco… so far, so GENIUS.