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
03/12/15 - S Nate Allen left the Eagles for the Raiders Thursday (March 12).
Allen, 27, was a second round pick by the Eagles in 2010, and has started 69 of 74 career NFL games. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Allen led Philadelphia with four interceptions last season and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries after establishing a career high with 94 tackles in 2013.
Allen was also part of an Eagles pass defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and was the 28th-rated player among safeties who played at least 25 percent of their team's snaps by ProFootballFocus.com.
03/05/15 - S Nate Allen, unrestricted FA update, never fulfilled the expectations the Eagles had for him when they took him in the second round of the 2010 draft. He was an athletic safety with good speed and coverage skills, but lacked the instincts to play the position. He was a big reason the Eagles gave up 30 TD passes and allowed an NFL-high 71 completions of 20-plus yards last season. He is not expected back.
12/28/14 - S Nate Allen, who picked off Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the fourth quarter, finished the season with a career-high four interceptions. Allen also led the Eagles in that category this season, though, unlike teammates Malcolm Jenkins and Bradley Fletcher, Allen did not have an interception return for a touchdown.
11/27/14 - S Nate Allen did an effective job of tracking Dez Bryant and making Dallas pay for mistakes. Allen intercepted a pass intended for Bryant and recovered a Cole Beasley fumble near the end of the second quarter. The fumble set up a field goal that boosted Philadelphia's lead to 23-7 at halftime.
11/05/14 - S Nate Allen, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday and is expected to play this week against Carolina. He was replaced last week by second-year man Earl Wolff.