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
11/01/17 - FS Nate Allen (calf) is on the injured reserve list and out for the season. Allen, who came over from Oakland, started all seven games and ends with 20 tackles this year.
10/27/17 - S Nate Allen sustained a calf injury in the third quarter of the Baltimore game and didn't return. S Michael Thomas finished the game.
09/27/17 - S Nate Allen, who left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, had full participation in Wednesday's practice. Allen didn't return to the Jets game but head coach Adam Gase said he could have returned.
08/22/17 - S Nate Allen, sidelined for a few weeks with a groin injury, returned to practice Monday against Philadelphia. Allen, signed from the Raiders, was put in the starting lineup alongside SS Reshad Jones, which is his projected role for the Sept. 10 opener against Tampa Bay. It marked the first time the Dolphins had their projected starting secondary of FS Allen, SS Jones, and CBs Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard together.
08/07/17 - S Nate Allen missed Saturday's scrimmage and Monday's practice with an undisclosed ailment. Head coach Adam Gase expected Allen back at practice Tuesday. Gase said Allen was injured Friday. Allen is the likely starter at free safety for the opener with T.J. McDonald suspended for the first eight games.