1. Keenan Allen
Tom Telesco’s biggest steal came in his first draft as he selected Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Quite frankly, in terms of value, this is probably the best draft selection that Telesco has made in his career.
Yes, Joey Bosa is elite and Justin Herbert is the franchise quarterback but both of those guys fell into the team’s lap early in the first round. The Chargers made a savvy pick in the third round, getting one of the best wide receivers in the league in the process.
It did not start very well for Allen either. As you definitely remember, Allen battled injuries early in his career and it looked like the injury-prone narrative would not escape him. However, unlike Jason Verrett, Allen was able to get healthy and put together several elite seasons.
Allen had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2017-2019 and would have had another in 2020 if he did not miss time. He has just under 5,000 receiving yards with 26 receiving touchdowns over the last four years.
It is easy to have recency bias but as long as Allen plays out the rest of his contract and does not regress substantially, he is going to become the greatest wide receiver in franchise history.
Quite the selection in Tom Telesco’s first draft. He deserves a lot of credit for this pick, it is just a shame that Jenkins and King are literally the only other steals worth mentioning.