It seemed, in this year's draft, that Keenan Allen might be a steal for the San Diego Chargers in the third round.
Almost eight months later, there's no question about it. He might be one of the best picks of the entire 2013 draft. If nothing else, he is probably the offensive rookie of the year.
Allen's signature play of a very good rookie season probably came on "Thursday Night Football." After catching a crossing route from Philip Rivers, Allen soared over Broncos defensive back Kayvon Webster into the end zone. Even on a field with some truly remarkable athletes, Allen's vertical leap was jaw-dropping.
Then, as a bonus, Allen made a tremendous catch in the end zone for his second touchdown in San Diego's 27-20 upset of the Broncos.
Allen's rookie year is even more impressive when his first three games are factored in. He wasn't a big part of the Chargers' plans initially, and had three catches for 30 yards after three games. He now has 63 catches for 931 yards and seven touchdowns. There's no reason to believe he can't be the Chargers' No. 1 receiver for many, many years to come.
Running backs Eddie Lacy and Zac Stacy have had nice years, receivers Tavon Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson have come on as of late, and quarterback Mike Glennon has had a nice year. But at this point, the offensive rookie of the year award is Allen's to lose.
His fantastic touchdown leap against the Broncos just punctuated his case.
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