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
09/18/13 - S Nate Allen, who is coming off a poor performance against San Diego, will start Thursday night against the Chiefs, but rookie Earl Wolff will be subbed in a lot.
09/16/13 - S Nate Allen is in jeopardy of losing his starting job to rookie Earl Wolff. He played one of the worst games of his career Sunday against the Chargers.
09/10/13 - S Nate Allen played the lion's share of snaps at strong safety. Rookie Earl Wolff only played eight snaps.
09/04/13 - S Nate Allen has beaten out rookie Earl Wolff for the starting strong safety job. Asked what was the deciding factor, coach Chip Kelly said, "Film evaluation, games played, production so far, and OTAs."
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.