I have written about Nate Allen before and the articles are scathing. A high second round pick in the NFL draft should be a starter in the NFL. The Eagles thought they had that when they drafted Nate Allen out of South Florida. Allen graded well with most scouts.
The Eagles elected to move up and take Brandon Graham with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft (passing on Texas’ Earl Thomas), hoping to find a defensive end that could provide pressure on the quarterback. The Eagles did this because they knew Nate Allen would be available with the draft pick they acquired for the trade of Donovan McNabb.
After the loss of Brian Dawkins to free agency, the Eagles were desperate for a safety that could possibly fill his shoes. Nate Allen was scouted as having good size and athleticism. The Eagles never knew that Nate Allen simply cannot play.
I wrote an article on September 21st entitled, “Is Eagles Safety Nate Allen A Disappointment?”. Here was my perspective:
“I have never been a Nate Allen fan, so I may be biased. I see him as a finesse player who plays a position that needs some physicality. Allen could evolve into a great pro, it is too early to really tell. Andy Reid had Allen in a couple packages last week, but he did not show up on the stat sheet. Additionally, when asked, coach Reid has not said what Allen has to do to win a starting job back. Again, curious.
Injury aside, I wonder if Nate Allen is the player the Eagles thought he was. The coaches see him practice and they have him on the second squad. For a championship calibre team, it is great to have depth. However, there is a good reason why the number twos are back ups.”
The puzzling trait about Nate Allen is his lack of football acumen. On top of that, Allen plays soft. He has not been the force at free safety the Eagles were looking for.
I wrote another article on October 12th entitled, “Eagles Wasted A Second Round Pick On Nate Allen”. Here is what I said:
“I personally have seen Nate Allen blow tackles and miss assignments like a practice squad player.
So, let us look more closely at what Allen has done on the field. Wait, I rarely see his #29 jersey, unless chasing a running back or missing a tackle. That is a fact. O.K., so tackling is not Allen’s strong suit. I understand. Maybe he does not like the physicality of wrapping up an opponent. I am not sure why since he has decent size at 6’1 210 lbs.
Allen’s strength must be his ball hawking abilities, right? Answer: that is a negative. Nate has played in five games, two as a starter and has yet to register one, that’s right, one PD (pass defended). The NFL keeps that stat so you can be paid for something other than interceptions and tackles.”
When a team has a player like Nate Allen, the organization must admit that they made a mistake and move on. Otherwise, fans and coaches will see the backside of the #29 jersey so much, it may haunt them in their dreams.