The Eagles spent their 7th round pick on NT Beau Allen from Wisconsin. Terrific pick.
Jerry Azzinaro went to various Pro Days working out players who could add late round depth for the DL. As of this morning, the backup NT was Damion Square. The coaches love Square for his intelligence and good technique, but he’s not big and he’s not athletic. That puts a major limit on him.
Allen is 6-2, 333. He can eat up blocks in the middle. He’s also able to make some plays here and there. He won’t be winning any beauty contests, though.
Not all of you are happy with Bennie Logan, but the Eagles like him as their NT. Allen is coming to Philly to challenge for a backup spot. The coaches will give him a chance to show what he can do, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that Allen is going to replace Logan just because he is bigger.
The first challenge Allen has is to beat out Square. That’s far from a done deal. As I mentioned, the Eagles coaches love Square and his intangibles. Allen has to come in here and play his butt off. Allen is the kind of blue collar tough guy that I would expect to do that. If he does play well, Allen could be a big help. The Eagles need to rotate linemen more in 2014. Having a player who can get on the field and hold his own is important.
Chip Kelly mentioned that they tried to recruit Allen to Oregon so this is a guy that Jerry Azzinaro has some interest in. He is a good fit for the 2-gap style that Coach Azz likes to use.
Sometimes 7th round picks feel like dumb gambles. This feels like a very good value pick.