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Nate Allen

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 207 | College: South Florida
 
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Overview

"The Golden Child," as some of Allen's teammates have called him, has the genes and physical style NFL teams like in their free safeties. Allen's father played professional basketball in Europe, while his athletic exploits as a high school quarterback and basketball player brought many recruiters to his door.

Allen stepped into the spotlight with a huge sophomore season in 2007, making 84 tackles, intercepting four passes, breaking up eight others and leading the Bulls onto the national scene when they beat 17th-ranked Auburn. Allen won the Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance in that game (forced and recovered fumbles, interception). His statistics were down in '08 (53 tackles, one interception), but as a senior he returned to his playmaking form (85 tackles, four interceptions) in a second-team All-Big East season.

The ability to attack the line of scrimmage, make plays in deep coverag, and track down running backs from behind makes scouts take note in the film room. Speed, versatility, intelligence and toughness? Sounds like a NFL starter in the making.

Analysis

Read & React: Comes downhill to attack tight ends between the linebackers. Reacts quickly when a corner is in trouble and has the speed to catch free receivers from the opposite hash. A step slow to pick up misdirection and bootlegs but recovers nicely; still typically makes the play a few yards downfield.

Man Coverage: Good straight-line speed and fair change of direction abilities, but struggles to stay with receivers downfield when lining up in the slot, as you would expect from a safety. Slow, high, choppy backpedal. Should match up well against NFL tight ends in the flat.

Zone Coverage: Good range to get from the hash to the sideline on deep throws. Good height and vertical to win jump balls. Solid last line of defense, bringing his hips to stop receivers in their tracks. Will pound a receiver over the middle. Will take incorrect angles to the sideline at times, relying on his speed too often. Makes quarterbacks pay for underthrown balls, stepping in to make the interception more often than not.

Closing/Recovery: Will get to the ball when it's in the air, knocking the receiver or the ball to the ground. Doesn't always take correct angles when the play is in front of him, but has the speed to recover - preventing a big play from becoming huge.

Run Support: When allowed to attack the line, Allen is an explosive, reliable in-the-box tackler. Good last line of defense to prevent breakaway runs. Will add himself to the pile and push back the runner to prevent the extra yard. Not physical enough to get off tight end blocks on the edge. Gets sucked in too far on runs, failing to keep the runner from getting the sideline.

Tackling: Generally a secure tackler in the secondary. Gives good effort, and many times is the second man in on a tackle. Gets frozen and loses battles against elusive running backs in the open field. Played a lot of deep Cover-2, and played behind an active front seven - leading to fewer opportunities for tackles in 2008. Aggressiveness and secure tackling; will be a solid special teams player at the next level.

Intangibles: Very good student. Sets the defense on the field. Loves the game; works hard on and off the field to improve.

NFL Comparison: Brodney Pool, Browns

2009 Season

Among the most accomplished defensive players in USF history … Played and started in the final 39 games of his career, beginning with the season opener in 2007 and ending with the International Bowl on Jan. 2, 2010 … Rated as a first or second round talent by most NFL Draft experts … Named First Team All-BIG EAST by ESPN.com and Phil Steele … Named Second Team All-BIG East by the league's coaches … Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4) after intercepting two passes in win over Syracuse … Also named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5), College Football Performance Defensive Back of the Week (Oct. 4) and to the BIG EAST Defensive Honor Roll (Sept. 8) … Played, started and served as captain for every game during 2009 season.

Led team with four interceptions and 55 return yards … Had two interceptions at Syracuse, the 11th time ever a USF defender picked off at least two passes in a game … Second on the team with 85 tackles … Also tallied a tackle for loss, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble … Returned a blocked field goal 75 yard for a touchdown against Charleston Southern … Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions during his career … Registered nine career interceptions, which ranks fourth in the USF record books … Played in 48 career games … Earned the First Teamer Award as given out by the USF coaches.

2008 Season

Finished the season fifth on the team with 53 tackles … Also registered two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception … Interception came during fourth quarter against Kansas and setup the game winning field goal by Maikon Bonani … Single-game high 11 tackles against Pitt … Four games with seven tackles or more.

2007 Season

Nicknamed "Golden Child" by assistant Troy Douglas and teammates … One of several sophomores on USF team that had breakout seasons … Stepped into starting role after playing mostly on special teams as a rookie … Fourth on the team and best in the secondary with 84 tackles … Also led team with three fumble recoveries, 47 return yards and one TD … Tied for second with four interceptions, including one for TD against Pittsburgh … Eight pass breakups and one forced fumble … Recorded seven tackles and one interception in first career start against Elon … Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass in Bulls' win over No. 17 Auburn … Fumble recovery and 44-yard return, plus an interception in win over No. 5 West Virginia … Five or more tackles in 11 of 13 games … Recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff against Louisville and walked it in three yards for his first career touchdown … Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown the next week in a 48-37 win at Pitt.

2006 Season

Worked as a situational backup in the secondary and also on special teams … Had two tackles, both coming in USF's Bowl win over East Carolina (12/23) … Played in nine of USF's 13 games, missing four mid-year games with a quadriceps injury.

High School

Threw for over 5,000 career yards and broke all school passing records … Ranked 67th top prospect in Florida by Orlando Sentinel … Threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing to lead his team from a 16-point deficit to defeat Gulf Coast 37-30 … Class 5A honorable mention all-state as a junior and senior … Three-time all-area player … Also an accomplished basketball player, he averaged over 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 steals in 2005-06 … Scored over 1,000 career points … Had six 20-plus scoring games including a high of 28 against South Ft. Myers.

Personal

Born November 30, 1987 in Fort Myers, Fla … Given name is Nathaniel Ray Allen … Son of Jackie and Darlene Allen … A/B Honor Roll student with 3.6 gpa … National Honor Society … Has one brother and one sister … Father played professional basketball in Europe.

 
Latest News
04/25/2010 - After giving up 27 touchdown passes and finishing 17th in the league in pass defense last season, the Eagles made defense the focus of this draft. Their first five picks and nine of their 13 overall selections were defensive players. They were able to land one of the draft's top pass-rushers by trading up 11 spots in the first round and grabbing high-motor defensive end Brandon Graham. They plugged what was a gaping hole at free safety last year with the second-round acquisition of Nate Allen, who brings cornerback-like cover skills to the position. What they also needed to address was the cornerback position after trading away Sheldon Brown earlier this month, and they didn't really do that. Just one of their 13 picks is a corner -- fourth-rounder Trevard Lindley of Kentucky. But he doesn't bring the physicality to the position that the Eagles need on the opposite side from Asante Samuel. Right now, the Eagles' other starting corner is Ellis Hobbs, who is coming off a career-threatening neck injury. The Eagles continued to add speed to the linebacker position, selecting Keenan Clayton, Ricky Sapp and Jamar Chaney. Overall, a good draft.

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