Allen will come in and compete for a spot at nose tackle and the big guy could serve as rotational player with Bennie Logan. If you were among those who wanted a big nose tackle, Allen is surely to excite you. He is 6-foot-3 and weights a whopping 333 pounds. He was the big man up front for the Badgers.
He is massive and a very smart football player. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections and was a All-Big Ten honorable mention pick for the last two seasons. He appeared in a school record 54 games at Wisconsin and never missed a contest in four seasons. He started in 26 games and produced 94 tackles (15 for loss) and eight sacks during his career.
Here is what NFL.com's Nolan Nowrocki had to say about Allen:
STRENGTHS Stoutly built lower body (squats a small house). Good initial thrust off the snap. Sheer size, natural girth and functional strength to occupy blocks. Has a desirable mentality for the position. Brings energy, plays hard and gives terrific pursuit effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Very good 10-yard splits (1.68 seconds) at his pro day, indicating surprising short-area burst for a 330-pounder.
WEAKNESSES Marginal value as a pass rusher. Ordinary bull rush. Needs to play with better pad level -- plays too tall and is too easily engaged. Unrefined hand use and slow to disengage. Does not dominate single blocking. Is straightlinish and struggles to change direction. Slow of foot with limited range. Not an impactful playmaker.
DRAFT PROJECTION Round 7-Priority free agent
BOTTOM LINE Big, beefy, active, loquacious nose tackle who does not consistently play to his size or weight-room strength, but has developmental value as a 3-4, two-down run stuffer.
Eagles remaining needs
Eagles remaining draft picks
1 (26) - Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
2 (42) - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
3 (86) - Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
4 (101) Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
5 (141) Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
5 (162) Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
7 (224) Beau Allen, NT, Wisconsin
2014 NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, May 8 - 8:00 PM EST (Round 1 - 10 minutes per pick)
Friday, May 9 - 7:00 PM EST (Round 2 - 7 minutes, Round 3 - 5 minutes)
Saturday, May 10 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-7 - 5 minutes per pick)