Allen is a good name for the Eagles

April, 23, 2010
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Some of you remember a pretty solid defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles named Eric Allen. Now, the Eagles have used their "Donovan McNabb" pick, No. 37 overall, to select South Florida safety Nate Allen. That's the name we had been talking about the past 24 hours. I'm told that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was a huge fan of Allen.

Marlin Jackson will certainly be in the mix, but I would expect for Allen to eventually take over as the starter. If you've watched any South Florida football the past three years, you know how many plays Allen makes. He's not as special as Earl Thomas and Eric Berry, but he's a huge upgrade over what the Eagles had last season.

The Eagles now match up with Jason Witten a lot better. And don't think that wasn't on Andy Reid's mind when he made the pick.

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