The Eagles just picked South Florida FS Nate Allen. Or is that USF FS Nate Allen?
Nate is what we needed. He isn't an athlete or a project or a small school guy. He is a high quality player with experience, size, skills, and production from a BCS school. He is a safe pick, in a sense.
Here are my notes on him:
Veteran FS started 39 games for the Bulls. Complete player. Good run defender. Diagnoses plays well. Can cover man or zone. Covers the slot receiver at times. Has the footwork and agility to be effective in that role. Can also be a centerfielder. Gets a good break on the ball. Good nose for the ball. Knows how to slip blocks without getting out of position. Takes good angles. Has some pop when he hits. Knocked a RB's helmet off vs Rutgers with a hit. Wrap-up tackler. Finished 2nd on the team in tackles in 2009. Solid athlete and playmaker. Broke up play-action pass in end zone in the win over FSU. Bit for 1/2 second, then turned and got into position. Got his hand up and swatted the ball down. Broke up 12 passes in his career. Picked off 9. Had 142 solo stops and 5 TFLs. Plays on STs.
Had a good showing at the Senior Bowl. Looked especially good at man coverage in the practice sessions.
Should go in the 2nd round.
We still have pick 55 in this round. We'll see about CB down there. Or elsewhere. Howie and Reid have a plan. We just have to be patient and let them execute it. Good start.