ICYMI: 8 NFL Rookies the Cincinnati Bengals must watch out for: Part 2

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May 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) stretches during Chargers rookie minicamp at Chargers park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Week 13 – WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers Keenan Allen didn’t think his draft experience would last so long, once thought as a first rounder, Allen lasted until the third where the Chargers couldn’t pass up.  We wonder why guys come out early and Allen is a prime example. In 2011 he had 98 catches and over 1300 yards, 2012 saw poor QB play, injuries, and poor workouts, making Allen tumble down draft boards.  With #1 receiver, size 6’2, 205lbs, and the ability to return kicks, Allen is a rookie to watch out for.

Week 14 – RB Kerwynn Williams, Indianapolis Colts One of the mysteries of the draft, Kerwynn Williams lasted until the 7th round after he accounted for 2209 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 8.4 yards per play this year at Utah State.  While he doesn’t have big size at 5’8, 186lbs, he was durable and is a very experienced kick returner.  In my opinion, he reminds me of a taller/leaner Darren Sproles, who has carved out a nice career as a pass catching back/kick return guy. When we look back in a few years, Williams could be one of those gems that “came out of nowhere”.

Week 15 – WR Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers This Oregon State product had a productive career while in Corvallis catching over 220 passes, and averaging over 7.5 yards on 73 rushes.  The Steelers took Wheaton off the board at number 79 and he will fit right into their offense, boo, and help fill some of the big play ability lost by Mike Wallace.  Wheaton is a quick twitch guy and has drawn comparisons to a young Hines Ward for his toughness.  At this point in the season, look for him to be a factor as the possible number three receiver.

Week 16 – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings The Vikings had a busy first round selecting DT Sharrif Floyd, and CB Xavier Rhodes. They then traded up to make their third first round pick selecting the former Tennessee Volunteer.  Patterson is just getting started having only played one year of D1 football after staring at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.   He did lead college football’s best conference with 155 all-purpose yards, and when I watched him on film he flashed Randy Moss at Marshall type skills.  He will start right away at kick returner and by week 16 will be a big part of a Vikings offense that will look to replace the big plays lost by the Percy Harvin Trade.

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