3.14 San Diego Chargers Keenan Allen, WR, California (6-2, 206)
The San Diego Chargers offense was a mess in 2012 with one lone bright spot in Danario Alexander. While Alexander was a huge surprise for the Chargers, they are still not sold on him. One reason they let him test the market this off-season. Alexander received no offers and re-signed with the Bolts, a good move for both parties.
But other than Alexander the receiving corp for the Chargers is boring. They have longtime Charger Malcolm Floyd who is good but not great and will be useful again this season. Vincent Brown was supposed to emerge last season but couldn’t because of injuries so this might be his year to shine. And acquired free agents from a year ago, Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, were essentially busts.
In comes Keenan Allen, whom the Chargers drafted in the third round out of Cal. Allen slipped in the draft due to missing his last three collegiate games because of an injury. That injury also left him under 100% for his pro day workout. In my opinion, he has a chance to start from week one. He’s got great football smarts, runs precise routes, and is fearless working the middle of the field. He will pose a huge matchup problem for any safety that comes down to cover him and has enough strength to out muscle most DB’s.