The Philadelphia Eagles answer yet another need in the second round (37th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by drafting South Florida product safety Nathaniel Allen.
Many Eagles fans were hoping for Southern Cal's Taylor Mays, but the Eagles went with Allen who was an outstanding safety for the Bulls. At 6'0", 207 pounds, Allen has an excellent combination of size and athleticism.
Nate Allen has good balance, quickness, and foot agility, while displaying good range in pursuit of the ball carrier. With his long arms, Allen has the ability to re-route his receivers and is technically sound in combination man and zone coverages.
He also displays a mental toughness that is needed for an impact safety in the NFL.
Allen does need to work on a few things in training camp like being more consistent in the angles he takes to the ball. He also must work on his open-field tackling.
I don't think the Eagles' new DB coach Dick Jauron is unhappy about this pick at all. I believe he sees tremendous potential in this young kid, who has an unquestionable work ethic. Jauron can make Allen a super star in the NFL.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Nate Allen!