PHILADELPHIA -- By the time the Philadelphia Eagles reached their final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, they could have gone a variety of ways.
Plain and simple, they went big.
With the No. 224 overall pick in the seventh round, the Eagles chose Wisconsin's 6-foot-6, 330-pound defensive tackle Beau Allen.
"We were kind of holding our breath after we made our last pick, because it was such a long time until the next one," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "But it really depends. He's a true nose tackle, so now you limit yourself to 3-4 teams taking Beau, but I think he fits. He's in the same style that we teach. He's got a good understanding of 3-4 defense. It was close. There was another young man we really liked from Canada, could have gone like two picks before. We were concerned. The kid from Tennessee went just before that, looked like there was a run going on at that point in time.
"Kind of hold our breath because he was the guy we were targeting and hopefully we could get him and fortunate that we did get him."
In his career at Wisconsin, Allen compiled 94 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
"Actually we played against Beau when I was at Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but he transitioned," Kelly said. "I think his natural position is nose tackle, and I think when Gary Anderson got there and transitioned to that, and I think he really started to shine."