With this pick, I officially endorse the Tom Telesco-Mike McCoy era in San Diego.
I absolutely love it. Not only did my favorite professional football team draft a player from my beloved college team, Keenan Allen is just a fantastic wide receiver regardless. And I don't just say that because I go to Cal.
Look at some of the early mock drafts, Allen was originally rated as the No. 1 receiver in the class and was slotted as a mid-first-round pick. I know that things can change a lot as the draft approaches, but San Diego snagged him 60 picks lower than his original spot.
It's not like the kid's leg fell off.
Let me get the negatives and concerns out of the way so we don't have to deal with them anymore.
First, Allen suffered a torn PCL toward the end of the 2012 season. His college career came to an abrupt end, and he started a lengthy recovery process. He was unable to attend the NFL combine due to lingering effects from the injury.
Second, he posted a 4.71 40 time at his pro day. Granted, this is not very good. Despite the medical clearance claiming that his knee is fully healed, it seems that he does not have all of his explosiveness back.
Basically, at this moment in time, he is not terribly fast, and he's a little banged up.
Alongside DeSean Jackson and Jahvid Best, Keenan Allen is one of the most electrifying players I have seen in a Cal jersey. He has great hands, he's going to catch anything you put near him. He is a great route-runner and eats up yardage in the secondary like nobody's business. He can go up and get passes; he'll jump over two or three guys to get there.
He has been the lone bright spot for Cal the last three years while the rest of the team has crumbled to pieces. He was a star on a lousy team with a lousy quarterback. You put him at a big-name school with a potent pass attack (like Georgia, West Virginia or Oklahoma) and he's a top-10 pick, no doubt in my mind.
He adds a much-needed dynamic element to a depleted receiving corps and will form a nice trio with Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander. He provides Rivers with a big, reliable target, something he desperately needs.
The Chargers haven't drafted many wide receivers lately. Buster Davis was their first-round pick in 2007 and Vincent Brown was a third-round selection in 2011. Davis was a massive failure, and high hopes for Brown are starting to waver as injuries continue to keep him sidelined.
I have never been more excited about a Chargers draft pick. NEVER. Keenan Allen is going to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver some day.
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