Former Cal standout Keenan Allen fell to the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of some injury concerns, but he has wasted no time showing those in the NFL why he was once viewed as the top receiver in the class and a clear first round talent.
Every team passed up on Allen at least twice, but his hard work and immediate impact has blown away his veteran teammates.
Tight end Antonio Gates is one of the veterans who sees tremendous growth and future stardom for the team’s young wideout.
“I knew he was good, but I’ve never seen this,” Gates said, via the Union-Tribune San Diego. “I didn’t think it would evolve this fast. He is making plays in the game, and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ …
“You don’t really expect it. They talk about his speed and this and that. The boy can play football, and he can get open. All that stuff about speed. If you can play and get open, that’s what wins games for you. That’s what makes plays for you. You can get a dog to run and jump. You know what I mean? That’s what this league has underestimated.”
If Allen can continue on his current path, the Chargers are going to be thrilled with their mid-round investment.
He has already shown that he was worth the risk, but he still has plenty of room to grow. The future is bright for Allen and the Chargers couldn’t be happier.