New Eagle FS Nate Allen Speaks To Media
By Lance Epstein
After a day in which saw the Eagles make three trades to collect nine third-day picks (four in the the fourth-round) and the selection of only two players, the media and fans got to meet the newest Eagle to fly into the nest in South Florida free safety Nate Allen.
One of the major reasons that Allen did not go nearly as high as Earl Thomas or Eric Berry was because he is strictly a safety. Whereas Berry and Thomas are a hybrid type safety that can also play corner.
Still Allen was a fantastic selection at No. 37 (the pick acquired in the Donovan McNabb trade) and was widely considered the third-best safety prospect in the entire draft. Furthermore, he was projected by many draft guru's to go in the first round and as high as the Eagles at 24.
Allen (6-1, 207) has the ideal size, athleticism and speed to be a playmaking safety at the next level. He might not be the next Brian Dawkins, but he has the ability to be a great cover safety for the next decade. Certainly, secondary coach Dick Juaron will need to teach him up and make him more of a physical presence in the running game.
Another positive about Allen is that he was a leader of a a very solid defense at South Florida. Of course Allen is not Thomas or Berry, which every Eagles fan wanted, but he might turn to be the replacement the team has been looking for since Dawkins left for Denver. According to philadelphiaEagles.com, he will wear No. 29 and first-round pick Brandon Graham will be No. 94.
Here are some of his quotes from his conference call:
On Going to Philadelphia:
"I'm just ready to get up and ready to start working hard and I'm so excited. I'm at a loss of words, I'm so excited."
On Being the McNabb Draft Pick Put More Pressure on Him:
"Not really. I know it's just an honor to even be considered - even being in the NFL draft is an honor to me. Being considered with the whole Donovan McNabb (pick), I'm just so thrilled and excited to get up there and start working hard."
On Whether When He Was Watching Did He Think It Would Down to Him Or Taylor Mays:
"I had no idea. I was just waiting. I was just praying to the lord and whatever was going to happen was going to happen and it was meant to be. I just put it in the lord's hands and I'm just excited. I'm glad the Eagles are giving me a chance and I'm so thankful for this opportunity."
At South Florida What Kind of Safety Was He (Did they interchange him from FS to SS and vice versa):
"We were pretty much interchangeable, so I am pretty comfortable at strong or free."
On the Knock That He is Not a Great Tackler or Physical Enough:
"That's their opinion. I'm just going to come in and show everybody that I can tackle and be a consistent tackler and just always improve. I can always improve in everything."
What Kind Of Communication Did He Have With the Eagles:
"I have been talking to them a little bit. The biggest time I talked with them was at the combine, just sat down and watched tape with them and went over some stuff."
On Playing Right Away For Philadelphia:
"I'm definitely willing to come in and play right away but, I mean, wherever they need me. Like I said wherever I'm needed, special teams, nickel, wherever I'm needed to help them win, I'm there."
On His Draft Party:
"I got my family here and a bunch of friends. I had to go to my room and close the door cause it was so loud. I am at home in Fort Myers, Florida.