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Drafted by the Chargers in the third round and coming off a knee injury in college, the thought was that Keenan Allen wasn’t going to make his impact felt in 2013 while adjusting to the speed of the NFL. In the early going, that was the case, as he recorded only three receptions for 30 yards in his first three games.
However, after shaking off the effects of the knee injury, Allen started to shine. In Week 4 against Dallas, Allen registered a solid stat line of five receptions for 80 yards. That was a precursor of things to come, as Allen absolutely went off in Weeks 5 and 6, compiling 15 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
For the year, Allen has 63 receptions for 931 yards and seven touchdowns—easily the best among rookie wide receivers.
With him having a great rapport with his quarterback, Philip Rivers, expect Allen to only get better in his sophomore season. He should be targeted in the fourth or fifth round.