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
12/28/14 - 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.
10/29/14 - S Nate Allen didn't practice Wednesday. He is nursing a hamstring injury that he suffered late in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It's too soon to determine whether he'll be able to play this week.
10/27/14 - S Nate Allen injured his hamstring during the game, but he isn't sure how bad it is. "I have to do some tests and stuff," he said. "I don't know exactly what I did to it. We'll see."