2010 NFL Draft: Eagles Take South Florida Safety Nate Allen At No. 37

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IApril 23, 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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With the 37th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected South Florida safety Nate Allen. The pick was acquired from the Washington Redskins as part of the deal for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

After trading up to the 13th pick in the first round, many expected the Eagles to take Earl Thomas to fill in the hole left by Brian Dawkins at safety. When they spent the pick on Brandon Graham, it was clear Philadelphia needed to use one of their second round picks on a safety for Sean McDermott’s defense.

After the way last season ended, it was obvious the Eagles were in desperate need of help at the safety position. Allen will have high expectations during his rookie season–especially in a very competitive NFC East division.

The 6′2″ senior started all 13 games during his final year with the Bulls. Allen finished the season with 85 total tackles and four interceptions.

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