The San Diego Chargers chose former California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen in round three of the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen was projected to be a possible first round pick before he tore his PCL last year in October which caused his draft stock to drop and allowed him to fall to San Diego in round three.
According to Brian Murphy of fftoolbox.com, “National Football Post’s Dan Pompei reported Sunday that Allen’s knee remains at less than 100 percent despite being more than seven months removed from PCL reconstruction.” Allen participated in full practices last week, but it remains to be seen if he is healthy.
Allen finished his 2011 NCAA season with 98 receptions, 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions. He is California’s all-time leader in receptions and ranks third in receiving yards. One of the reasons why San Diego chose Allen is due to them finishing 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last year.
San Diego appears to have more depth at WR this season than they had last year so Allen could be battling Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal and Richard Goodman for opportunities on the field.
Micheal Spurlock led San Diego in punt return yards, yards per punt return and was the only Charger to return a punt for a touchdown last season. Spurlock left as a free agent and signed with the Detroit Lions so Allen could be a factor in punt returns as he had 15 returns for 212 yards and a TD last year.
If Allen is healthy he may be a steal for San Diego based on where he went in the draft. I expect him to make an impact this season whether it is at WR or as a punt returner. Allen has a better shot at being effective as a punt returner, but San Diego has injury prone receivers so time will tell what happens this year.