Allen Could Be A Fit For Eagles

Beau Allen’s draft profile states that the former Wisconsin defensive tackle “squats a small house.”

What does that equate to, exactly?

“The most I ever squatted was my junior year, at the end of summer I hit 705 and went double,” said Allen. “It put a lot of strain on my back obviously so I never squatted that much after that, but I’m curious to see if I can get up there again.”

That back strain (and other injuries along the way, including an ankle that required surgery) never kept the 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle out of the Badgers’ line-up. He played in 54 straight games for Wisconsin, a school record. That is likely not lost on Jerry Azzinaro, who recruited Allen out of high school while serving as Chip Kelly‘s defensive line coach at Oregon. Allen, a Minnesota native, ultimately chose Madison over Eugene.

Perhaps they’ll get a chance to work together on the professional level. Azzinaro attended  Wisconsin’s Pro Day last month, turns out, and Allen is under the impression that the Eagles are potential suitors.

“It seems to me like they are pretty interested,” he said. “I guess you really never know how the cards are going to fall until the draft, so I guess we’ll find out then.”

The Eagles are high on Bennie Logan and seem comfortable with him being their starting nose tackle, but would certainly be open to adding competition and depth. Allen, a projected Day 3 pick, has a skill set that could be a match.

“I know they do a lot of two-gapping with their nose guard; that’s something I’m definitely familiar with. Last year at Wisconsin we ran a 3-4 defensive scheme and I was a two-gap, zero-tech nose guard so that’s something I’m comfortable with,” said Allen, who played some fullback on the high school level. “Just looking at their roster and some of the defensive linemen they have on there, they had Bennie Logan in the nose guard spot last year and he’s not a big guy, he’s not just a run-stuffing nose guard, he’s not a 350-pounder.That makes it clear to me that they like a guy at that position that is athletic and can bring more to the table than just run stuffing, and I like to think that I can do that as well.”

Allen wasn’t on the field a ton on obvious passing downs last season and finished with 20 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He was not invited to the combine. The snub admittedly bothered him but served as motivation. He performed well at his pro day: his 31-inch vertical would have ranked fourth among defensive tackles in Indianapolis; and he benched 225 pounds 30 times, which would have ranked seventh.

He has had three private workouts since that showing and has a total of 10 visits lined up.

“It went well. I thought I did well at my pro day so I’m glad [Azzinaro] got to see that,” said Allen.

“Philadelphia is a place I’d love to be.”

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  • knighn

    Is it May 8th yet?

  • John G

    “I lift things up and put them down”

    • G_WallyHunter

      Geagle? that you?

      • NickS1

        There’s no caps.

        • G_WallyHunter

          I was thinking he might be staying seriously low key in the interest of remaining on the board… switching things up, is that possible? Am I grasping at thin air here?

          • NickS1

            Seems like a reach, but, maybe.

        • reb

          And it’s only 8 words long, not 800.

  • Bdawkbdawk

    Poor guy would be 6-4 with a neck.

    • NickS1

      That’s hilarious

    • WilmingtonDan

      I would upvote this five times if I could. Hahaha

  • NickS1

    This kid has UDFA written all over him. If he’s not drafted I can definitely see us bringing him to camp.

  • southy

    If you can’t get on the field for passing downs in college, it ain’t happening in the NFL. But that’s fine. Don’t try to be Logan, be the brick sh*thouse that anchors the middle of the line on running downs. Last I checked 705 is 2 O-linemen.

  • NickS1

    The picture kind of reminds me of the cartoon character Gossamer.

    • OldDocRoss


      • Javi Echie

        Spot on resemblance lol

  • MediaMike

    Love to see more of a fire plug in the mix at NT. Even if Logan stays as the starter, we need goo depth in that position.

  • Nick C

    This extra two weeks is extremely depressing…

    • MediaMike

      Yup. Goodell is one smart crack dealer.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Can anyone explain the logic or reasoning around moving the draft back? I don’t recall what the reason was for actually moving it back. I also hate the 1st rd being on Thursday. Would prefer a Friday start, Monday finish.

      • George


        • Jerry Pomroy

          But how does moving it back into May equate to more $$ generated?

          • George

            More hype, May is a slight dead period, but mostly the extra month of draft hype, plus opens up calender for 18 gm season and/or expanded playoffs down the road

          • anon

            they are shrewd…

          • MediaMike

            Sweeps weeks for TV. The networks will pay the NFL bigger money for delivering a high ratings product in that time frame.

      • Amar (India)

        There was a whole story on Yahoo sports about this. The main reason was Radio City was booked and they did not want to rob the draftees of the thrill of walking up on the Radio city stage with their jerseys, so an alternate venue was not explored.
        Now the booked event at Radio city was later cancelled but the NFL schedules regarding Pro-day, Combine were already published.
        Hence the delayed draft. :)

        • MediaMike

          Shame. The event would be better in Philadelphia anyway. If/when the NFL is ready to put events back where they belong (after stealing the league offices from Merion, PA) they should do so!

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Newest Eagle fan to “grace” the Pomroy family. Gracelyn Marie was born last Wednesday, weighing in at 8lbs 1oz, 21″ long. Only a few days old and already she’s lifting her head. Proud papa!

    • MediaMike

      Congrats! So are you getting her an #81 or a #21 jersey?

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Hmm, good question?? She’s already feisty like TO, but she’s long like Eric Allen.

        • MediaMike

          Hall of Famers both!

        • Maggie

          Hmm. She’s about the same size as my daughter, who was a softball catcher for several years, tried rugby one year, edited her high school yearbook, and more. She’s even been in Philadelphia a few times! Enjoy. Babies grow up so quickly.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah I know, they do grow up fast. This is our 3rd. My wife and I each have a son from previous relationships. So 2 boys (11 & 6) & now our little girl. We’re done. I’m 39, so all I keep thinking about is how I’m gonna be able to keep up with her over the next 20yrs…lol.

          • Maggie

            Be afraid, be very afraid! I had 3 boys before my girl was born. They spoiled her something awful, like yours will probably do. By the time she started kindergarten she could read, build a better snow fort, play poker (only for fun), and generally boss her brothers around. I should say there were no hard feelings, just mild amusement.

    • Maggie

      Congratulations. A little something for your wife, who did the heavy lifting!

    • Neanderthal

      Congrats. Question is “when is she gonna post her first mock draft?”

    • NickS1


    • cliff henny

      been spending too much time reading scouting articles, can you put those stats in a spider graph for me, please.
      congrats JP

    • mtn_green

      Grats! Pink eagles hats for everyone.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    “One player I mentioned in the article is Dee Ford. The more I think about it, the less sense he makes based on what we know about Kelly and the Eagles. Ford lacks ideal size. He isn’t versatile. He even uses the same rush move most of the time (flying off the edge and trying to win with speed). Ford is a quality prospect, but he doesn’t seem like a player for this scheme. He’d be ideal for the Wide-9.” – Tommy Lawlor

    I’ve been saying this for months. Ford just doesn’t fit and if he doesn’t fit, you must acquit (from being a possible Eagle). I specifically stated that the wide-9 would be ideal for him based on his rush style, he’s not versatile & lacks ideal measurements. Good to see someone get over their being in awe of a player and use some logic. I think Dee Ford is a good player, just not for us.

  • oreofestar

    The more I think about it the more and more I think no QBs are going early and that sucks its no fun that way 😛

  • Adam

    Fellow Birds 24/7ers.. this year I’ll be headed from the great white North to Dallas to catch the Eagles game regular season game against the Girls. If any readers are in that area I’d love to grab a beer or 12 with you guys.

    Yeah, I know, it’s Dallas. I have a gang of friends that are Philly and Dallas fans so we alternate between the two. This year is Jerry’s World.

    • oreofestar

      Have fun I live here in Philly though :)

    • DoctorRick

      Thanks, Adam. Great use of this site but I’m in Seattle. Now, if you want to grab a brew when the Seahawks come to town, I’m all in.

  • Anonymous

    The top candidates for no. 22 are probably Lee, ODB, or Barr is he falls that far. What I’d like to see is for them to trade down into the second, grab Matthews or Robinson, and get Attaochu at no. 54.

  • John E. Zang

    “(Nate) Allen Could Be A Fit For Eagles”…just a joke, I’m one of the few who still support Nate but that’s what my subconscience read. Possible fodder for the next eagles article?