Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (ADP: 21, Wide Receiver 9): Take
So the draft begins. The first two rounds are over, now the selection process has entered the third round where the going starts to get tough. The wild cards start to show up, like those bouncing back from injury or some former stars on new teams. This is also likely the first round you will encounter a Chargers player. So, is he worthy of a selection? The stats say 100 percent yes. Allen finished as the WR14 last year; respectable, but not elite. So why pick him now? Four words: Tyrell Williams, and offensive line. Let’s start with Williams, who left in the offseason to join Antonio Brown in Oakland, vacating 65 targets. Hunter Henry is back for the Chargers this year (more on him later), and he will surely gobble up some of those attempts, but many will go to Allen, due in large part to the second couplet of the four words: Offensive line. As much as fans might not like to admit it, the Chargers’ line is suspect at best. This will often force Rivers to throw the ball quicker than he would prefer. Where’s that ball going to go under pressure? Often it will head the direction of his No. 1 target who has the speed and elusiveness to turn a panicked dump-off into a respectable gain. Yes, Mike Williams will take touchdowns, but the volume at which Keenan Allen will get fed targets this year is more than enough to justify a top-24 selection.
Pick him over: Mike Evans (Wide receiver TB), Joe Mixon (Running back CIN), Dalvin Cook (Running back MIN).