Why the Chargers’ 2013 Draft wasn’t all that and a bag of chips

By Conor Cahill
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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) reaches for the end zone against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Round 3: Pick 14 (78)
Keenan Allen, WR

Selection Position: (200 value points) Ahh the highly touted steal of the draft. TT jumped on Allen’s falling draft stock just as he did with Te’o, and it paid off big time. Round 3 is just the time to take chances on guys with huge ceilings, and we know TT isn’t afraid to take chances. Even if it doesn’t work out, whats the problem with taking a flier on a guy in the 3rd round? I don’t see one.

Value Added: Keenan Allen broke Chargers rookie record for catches and receiving yards. He is probably the best skill player the Chargers have on offense and the key to success in 2014. Again, no problem here.

Opportunity Cost: The only receiving I would consider taking over Allen is TaVon Austin, and I still probably wouldn’t make that deal. Besides, in order to match value with TaVon Austin (taken at #8 = 1400), the Chargers would need to trade their 1st and 2nd rounders. Screw that. There is still that chance that Keenan Allen’s injury was serious as team’s thought. I’m not willing to say TT was just a genius that knew Allen would be 2nd in OROY voting that knew he would be available in R3. He didn’t. He took a chance, and it happened to pay off. With that said, one more gem like this one, and there will be no more pessimistic articles like this one, guaranteed.

My Grade: A