Chargers Draft

Ranking the top five biggest draft steals for the Chargers since 2010

A sensational route running technician, Keenan Allen (13) is one of the most consistent players in the NFL since 2017.
A sensational route running technician, Keenan Allen (13) is one of the most consistent players in the NFL since 2017. / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages
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Keenan Allen
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Chargers no. 1 draft steal: Keenan Allen, wide receiver (third round, 2013)

Hands down the easiest selection on this list, Allen is on pace to become perhaps the greatest Chargers wide receiver since NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth.

Currently fourth all-time when it comes to receiving yards (8,535), second all-time in receptions (730) and fourth in receiving touchdowns (48), the Cal product has been a master at his craft when healthy. The 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Allen has made five Pro Bowls and has not missed the postseason all-star competition since 2017. 

A third-round pick out of Cal in 2013, Allen immediately started making plays for the Chargers his rookie year and ended with 1,046 receiving yards in his first campaign with the Bolts after starting 14 games.

His next three seasons were not as productive as he struggled with injuries that potentially could have sidelined him for the rest of his career (broken collarbone in 2014, kidney laceration in 2015, and a torn ACL in 2016). However, he bounced back in a big way in 2017 and has never looked back.

One of the foremost route technicians in the game, Allen is regarded as perhaps one of the top five best players in his best position when it comes to route running and creating separation. An easy choice for our top spot, Allen signed a massive four-year extension in 2020 that should keep him a Bolt for a few more seasons and have his name securely near the top of the record books. 

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