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
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.
01/02/17 - S Nate Allen remains in the concussion protocol. He may not face Houston in the playoffs.
12/09/16 - S Nate Allen started at strong safety in place of injured rookie Karl Joseph and led the Raiders with eight tackles.
08/09/16 - S Nate Allen, who has had some rough moments during camp, broke up two passes during the Tuesday practice.
02/11/16 - S Nate Allen had his contract terminated by the Raiders Tuesday (Feb. 9).