Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #2 FS, #41/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2-3 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 1-16-16-0; 40 Sol-53 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 1 QBH; Finished the season fifth on the team with 53 tackles … His lone interception came during fourth quarter against Kansas and setup the game winning field goal by Maikon Bonani. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 1-11-11-1; 61 Sol-86 TT, 2 TFL, 4 INT, 8 PBU, 3 FR, 1 FF; Nicknamed “Golden Child” by assistant Troy Douglas and teammates … Fourth on the team and best in the secondary with 84 tackles … Also led team with three fumble recoveries, 47 return yards and one TD … Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass in Bulls’ win over No. 17 Auburn. 2006: 9 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-2 TT; Worked as a situational backup in the secondary and also on special teams…both tackles came in USF’s Bowl win over East Carolina…missed four mid-year games with a quadriceps injury. Personal: Father, Jackie, played professional basketball in Europe.
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
12/24/12 - S Nate Allen, the team's 2010 second-round pick, who had started 13 of the first 14 games this season, was benched Sunday. He was replaced by Colt Anderson. It's still uncertain who will start Sunday's final regular-season game against the Giants.
12/20/12 - S Nate Allen has been benched in favor of Colt Anderson. Allen has not played well this season. His tackling has been poor and he has struggled in coverage. Allen likely still will play in the Eagles' nickel package.
12/03/12 - S Nate Allen continues to struggle. He blew a coverage in the second quarter that left tight end Jason Witten open for a 28-yard completion that set up a Dallas touchdown.
11/08/12 - S Nate Allen practiced for the second straight day and didn't aggravate his hamstring. He is expected to play this week.
11/07/12 - S Nate Allen, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, was a full practice participant Wednesday.