Allen to Bolts

Publisher, FOXSportsNEXT Network
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Keenan Allen is picked up by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the NFL Draft, joining Manti Te'o.

After a day and a half of waiting, former California wide receiver Keenan Allen -- the program’s all-time career receptions leader – was finally taken in the third round of the NFL Draft, going No. 76 overall to the San Diego Chargers.

Allen -- projected as a late-first, early-second round pick and predicted by many to be the third wide receiver taken overall was instead taken eighth among wide outs, behind Pac-12 rival Robert Woods of USC.

Allen -- who missed the final three games of the regular season because of a PCL strain suffered against Utah -- did not participate in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and was severely limited at Cal’s Pro Day in March.

Allen reportedly was red-flagged at the Combine for an irregular drug test.

At his own personal Pro Day in his hometown of Greensboro, N.C., Allen ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash, still suffering from a knee that was not quite 100%.

What the Scouts Say:

Allen was the top safety recruit in high school but selected Cal over Alabama because they wanted him as a receiver. He is deceptively fast because of his long strides. Allen can go get the ball in the air. He set a school record with 205 receptions, is third with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches. He also excels as a punt returner. Allen had been pushing both Austin and Patterson for the top receiver selection. He missed the NFL Combine because of a sprained knee ligament and still isn’t 100%. -- Jamie Newberg

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