With the 5th selection of second round the Eagles chose University of South Florida FS Nate Allen, and the team finally has their replacement for veteran S Brian Dawkins.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Allen has the total package that the Eagles desired, Allen is known for being a technically sound player who has good ball skills. Allen started the last 39 games of his career and played in 48 all-together, registering 224 tackles during his four years with the Bulls, including 144 of them solo, along with nine interceptions, 12 pass breakups, five tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. Allen is also known for great off-the-field character (3.3 grade point average and one class short of getting his degree in three-and-a-half years).
The Bulls safety Allen finished the 2009 season with 85 tackles and four interceptions, also a tackle for loss, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble, and returned a blocked field goal 75 yard for a touchdown. Allen was named the Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for his outstanding performance during a 34-20 win over Syracuse when he intercepted two passes, led the team with eight tackles, including seven solo stops.
Allen arrived at South Florida as a quarterback after earning all-state honors as a junior and senior at Cape Coral HS, Fl, but made the switch to safety and quickly established himself as a play maker and a player to watch. Allen was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions during his career, and registered nine career interceptions as a three-year starter.
In his first year as a starter, Allen led the USF secondary with 78 tackles, a team leading 3 forced fumbles, also tied for 2nd with 4 picks, and added 1 FF, with 3 pass break-ups. In week two against Auburn, he forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and intercepting a pass in route to being named the Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week.
Allen becomes the fifth defensive back taken by NFL teams in the draft, joining former Bulls Mike Jenkins, Trae Williams, J.R. Reed and Anthony Henry. Allen is the second USF defensive back to be drafted by the Eagles, joining current USF defensive graduate assistant J.R. Reed.
Allen selection at No. 37 overall is actually the third highest selection in USF history. The two higher are Jason Pierre-Paul at No. 15 in last night's first round and Mike Jenkins at No. 25 to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.It also is just the second time in USF history that a Bull has been taken in the second round. The previous time was when current Buffalo Bill linebacker Kawika Mitchell was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003.