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
11/14/15 - S Nate Allen was activated from reserve/injured, designated for return by the Raiders Saturday (Nov. 14).
11/09/15 - S Nate Allen, out since the first drive of the opening game of the season with an strained medial collateral ligament, is on schedule to come off the injured reserve/designated for return list and be available to face Minnesota.
10/29/15 - S Nate Allen, currently on reserve/injured, designated for return with a knee injury, began his 21-day practice period Tuesday (Oct. 27).
09/16/15 - S Nate Allen (knee) was placed on reserve/injured, designated for return by the Raiders Tuesday (Sept. 15). Allen was injured in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.
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.