The San Diego Chargers may not have desperately needed a wide receiver, but general manager Tom Telesco knows talent when he sees it.
San Diego continues to make smart picks in this draft and has now brought in three players with first-round talent. Allen is the all-time leader in receptions for the Cal Golden Bears and will be able to find a role quickly with the Chargers.
There were obviously bigger needs to address, namely at defensive tackle, left tackle and outside linebacker, but sometimes value trumps need. Allen was going to come off the board at any second and the Chargers took advantage. This feels similar to the way in which they found great value in Te'o despite inside linebacker not being the team's most pressing need.
Allen joins a crowded receiving corps that includes Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Danario Alexander. Where the 6'2", 206-pound wideout should be able to separate himself from the pack is in his ability to spread the field vertically, while having a sure set of hands.
Allen is a smart route-runner with good burst that can beat a defender at the line of scrimmage and quickly get to the next level for QB Philip Rivers to throw to.
There are some issues surrounding the fact that he missed the final three games of 2012 due to a knee injury and did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he had a good pro day and looks ready to immediately contribute at the next level.
Again, this was not a pick based on need, and the Chargers have plenty of receivers on the roster, but the value in the third round was overwhelming.