Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wrapping Up the 2013 Rookies: Who Were the Best Value Picks?

The NFL teams that get the most from their drafts are the ones that consistently find impact players after the first two rounds, where players cost far less and aren’t expected to contribute as much initially. Chris Tripodi breaks down his top 10 value picks of the 2013 NFL Draft to close out the regular season, a list that won’t include any of last April’s top 62 picks.

Keenan Allen (WR-SD, Round 3, Pick 76)

Allen fell into the third round thanks to a lingering knee injury and as a result, the Chargers got the steal of the draft and a player that has been crucial to their playoff run. With Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd injured early in the season to nobody’s surprise, Allen was the lone constant of the San Diego receivers this season. Eddie Royal quickly fizzled after a sizzling start and Vincent Brown proved that he’s not a capable NFL starter. Allen’s reliability played a huge part in a resurgent season from Philip Rivers, making the veteran glad the rookie receiver from Cal decided against quitting football early this season.

Read the rest at Draft Insider

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