Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Safety Nate Allen -- One of the biggest problems with the Eagles' defense last season was their inability to find an adequate replacement for Brian Dawkins. They tried Quintin Demps, Sean Jones and rookie Macho Harris and all of them struggled. Allen, who was taken with the fifth pick in the second round, is going to get an opportunity to win the starting job out of the gate. His cornerback-like coverage skills make him an ideal fit for the Eagles' scheme.
A closer look at the Eagles' draft picks: Round 2/37 -- Nate Allen, S, 6-0, 207, South Florida: The free safety position was a major problem for the Eagles last season as they used three different people to try to replace Brian Dawkins. None were adequate. The Eagles feel Allen can be a rookie starter alongside their other safety, Quintin Mikell. He isn't a big hitter, but has excellent cover skills, which is what the Eagles want from their safeties in their scheme. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Nate Allen News
01/02/17 - S Nate Allen remains in the concussion protocol. He may not face Houston in the playoffs.
12/09/16 - S Nate Allen started at strong safety in place of injured rookie Karl Joseph and led the Raiders with eight tackles.
08/09/16 - S Nate Allen, who has had some rough moments during camp, broke up two passes during the Tuesday practice.
02/11/16 - S Nate Allen had his contract terminated by the Raiders Tuesday (Feb. 9).
02/11/16 - S Nate Allen, who had his contract terminated by the Raiders Tuesday, was re-signed Thursday (Feb. 11).
Allen played in five games for the Raiders in 2015, starting three, and totaled 14 tackles (11 solo), one interception and two passes defensed. He missed 11 games because of injury and finished the season on injured reserve.
The 28 year old played his first five NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before coming to the Raiders before the 2015 season.
Allen undioubtedly signed for less money than he was scheduled to be p[aid in 2016. A significant amount of money would have become guaranteed had he been on the roster Wednesday.