Back in April on night two of the NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Keenan Allen in the third round. At the time, General Manager Tom Telesco said they were shocked that he was still on the board. Wide receiver was not a position of need for the Bolts, but when a player as talented as Allen is still available, itís a no brainer to select him.
The Cal product set Chargers rookie records with 1,046 yards and 71 catches, leading all NFL rookies in receptions, yards and touchdown catches (eight). The 21-year old was voted the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week on four occasions and became the first rookie to top the 1,000-yard plateau since A.J. Green in 2011. He was also just the fifth since 2000 to do so. Furthermore, no Chargers rookie topped 100 yards in back-to-back games since Don Norton in 1960, but Allen accomplished that feat not once but twice.
Still, for all his personal accomplishments and statistics, Allen was adamant before leaving for New York that if he won the award, it would say more about the team than it would about him as an individual.