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Los Angeles Chargers: Five best third-round picks since 2000

Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers /

1. Keenan Allen, 2013

Keenan Allen is the best current offensive player on the Los Angeles Chargers, is arguably the best player on the entire roster, and will go down as one of the best wide receivers in team history. If the Chargers extend Allen after his contract ends in 2021, then chances are that Allen will make a run for the status as the best in franchise history.

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His numbers already put him up there with the all-time greats in franchise history and he certainly has distanced himself as the best modern wide receiver in team history over the likes of Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson.

Every full season that Allen has played has led to a 1000-yard receiving season and over the last three years, Allen has a combined 3,788 receiving yards with 18 touchdowns.

The one thing that has held Allen back in his career has been his health, something he has overcome the last three seasons. At the beginning of his career, it looked like Allen was going to be one of those NFL what-if stories as he could not stay on the field.

He had a really promising rookie season and a good second year in which he missed two games. He looked really good in his third season but only played eight games and his fourth year was viewed as the year that he would get it all right.

He got hurt in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs after having an extremely positive first half.

Allen has since righted that ship and as a result of that, he is hands down the best third-round pick that the Los Angeles Chargers have made this century.

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Allen is going to be 28 years old in 2020, so he has at least three more prime seasons in him and could have another five Pro Bowl-caliber years in him.