Will Taylor Mays and Nate Allen Be Available When Eagles Use Second Pick

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15:  Safety Nate Allen #5 of the University of South Florida Bulls intercepts a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Eagles traded up to pick #13 to draft defensive end Brandon Graham. They passed on Texas safety Earl Thomas. The Eagles still have a glaring need at safety.

It looks like USC safety Taylor Mays could slip out of the first round. Mays is an athletic specimen. He is 6'3, 230 and runs a 4.43 40 yard dash. However, he lacks instincts and has poor ball skills. He is a major question in coverage, but he may be worth the risk for a second round pick.

Another safety that could be available when the Eagles use their 37th overall pick is USF's Nate Allen. Allen has great bulk at 6'0 207. He is a hard-hitting, aggressive, ballhawk who can make plays and is good in zone coverage. However he does struggle in man coverage and does not have great straight-line speed. In my opinion he would definitely be worth the Eagles second round pick.

Given the choice between the two, I would take Allen. Mays is more of a strong safety and they already have that position locked up with pro-bowler Quintin Mikell. Nate Allen could step in right away and make an impact. We'll have to see what the Eagles do with this pick tomorrow night.