Eagles Go With Beau Allen In the Seventh

Beau Allen
The Eagles rounded out their draft by selecting Wisconsin defensive tackle Beau Allen in the seventh.

 The 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle played in 54 straight games for Wisconsin, a school record. That was 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.

Azzinaro attended  Wisconsin’s Pro Day. Allen had the sense leading up to the draft that the Eagles were interested. He was right.

“I know they do a lot of two-gapping with their nose guard; that’s something I’m definitely familiar with,” he said in a conversation with Birds 24/7 last month. “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. 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.

Allen’s NFL.com 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.”


With their draft in the books, here is what the Eagles came away with:

Rd. 1 (26) Marcus Smith, OLB, Lousiville
Rd. 2 (42) Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Rd. 3 (86) Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
Rd. 4 (101) Jaylen Watkins, DB, Florida
Rd. 5 (141) Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Rd. 5 (162) Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Rd. 7 (224) Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin

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  • Eagles1018

    Cody Parkey, Jeff Budzien?

  • Rahkem

    Good draft , but theres soo many good free agents , the draft isnt over in my eyes , Colt Lyerla , Marcus roberson , Ahmad Dixon and il be happy lol

    • cliff henny

      both colemans, l’damien washington, crowell rb.

    • Breakerdog

      Rashad Reynolds and Antonio Richardson. Still lots of great names. Not to mention Michael Sam!

      • cliff henny

        i’d take Sam in asecond. who cares. hehas gamewinning int in super bowl, i’d drive him to every bath house in SF

        • Brazilnut

          He doesn’t fit the system at all.

        • Richard Colton

          STL Rams. ESPN has been…ahh…effuse…in its praise/coverage.

    • UncleCarm

      I agree. I think the UDFA is going to be intense this next couple of days.

  • Joe Thomas

    Cant wait to see how they work out.

  • knighn

    There’s the NT!

  • Jeff Asay

    Addressed all 3 levels of the D plus added a stud WR. Didn’t see a Boykin type jump out where their measurables indicate a gem passed over, but overall a solid draft picking in the lower third of the draft. Getting up to #1 in the 4th was a deceptively good play.

    • JAMIN67

      Agree. 5-6 of these kids can make the team and make immediate contributions. Only one I’m not sure about is Reynolds.

      • Richard Colton

        contributions? yes. start? we didn’t draft a single day one starter. but that’s OK.

        • Philly0312

          The only player who had a shot as a day 1 starter was ha ha. Maybe a top guard in round 1 could have supplanted heremans. It’s not like we have holes all over the team.

          • Richard Colton

            true

        • JAMIN67

          And I’m fine with that. Matthews can play a slot role and spell on the outside…Smith can be in sub packages and learn from Cole…Huff I think will surprise some people, and he’s pretty sure to be our return man. I’m liking it.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          didn’t you and I just have this talk last week, or earlier this week? I asked about day 1 starters, didn’t see any aside from someone coming in for snaps in the slot (Matthews!). Smith is one of the more pro-ready OLBs. Very excited for those guys.

          oh, and the kicker :)

          • Richard Colton

            yeah. and I’m ok with it. very few scenarios where they drafted day one starters. I think Matthews will start the season in the slot. Smith starts preseason as the 5th OLB and works his way up the depth chart.

            Just for fun – here’s a bold starter prediction: our #1 D-line in base 3-4 will be Cox-Allen-Logan.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            that suggestion, and its implications, does not bother me one bit. excites me, if anything.
            Hart–Kruger–Curry–Thornton for a year as depth, weeding out by ’15? I love it. Big-time rotation.

        • eaglescream

          I believe I heard chip say Mathews will start in the slot.

  • knighn

    2 WRs, 5 D players. That’s even more defense than I expected.

    • cliff henny

      yeah, still want a TE and RB.

      • knighn

        I don’t think Colt Lyerla is coming here. If we thought Andy focused on character guys (or charecter guys, as Geagle likes to call them), then I think that Chip has taken it to another level.
        But wouldn’t be surprised to see an TE, RB and OL come here in UDFA.

      • Will

        Colt? UDFA? unless he was taken

  • jpate

    surprised no no o-line. Hopefully there are some quality UDFA left.

  • Will

    The Eagles added altogether Jenkins, Nolan, Watkins, and Reynolds to fix one of the worst pass Defenses in the NFL…

  • Josh Zuckerman

    I watched his tape from OSU. Defiantly has potential. I was surprised by how good his arm work is. He never gets tied but with blockers. Every time it became obvious it was a pass play, he disengaged and attempted to get to the passer, which he wasn’t bad at.

  • Breakerdog

    I think the most questionable pick is the Huff pick. They had already taken a WR and there were lots of other great options out there. Not knocking Huff, just would have liked them to go with O line.

    • Will

      Yeah strange pick but for the slot a great pick and knows the Offense…someone has to replace Jason Avant….

      • Breakerdog

        Trai Turner would have been my choice there.

        • Will

          was very productive at Oregon….

  • reb

    All right – now let’s get to minicamps and see how these guys look in at least some context.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    No spider thingy? I like them things.

    • Will

      LMAO…

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Juggernaut doesn’t get along with Spidey… ;-)

  • tom

    The Allen pick makes the Huff pick in Rd 3 more palatable after the Eagles passed on Louis Nix. They needed a run-stuffer just as much as they needed a safety.

    • Will

      Nix has weight, inconsistent motor and knee issue no thanks…

    • Maggie

      Took a run stuffer in the 7th. Allen from Wisconsin.

  • JofreyRice

    UDFA Wishlist

    Christian Jones
    Howard Jones – OLB
    Colt Lyerla – TE
    Marcel Jensen – huge TE from Fresno State featured here
    Joe Don Duncan – Another TE from Dixie State
    Isaiah Crowell – Not a choirboy, maybe no chance
    James Hurst – OL – UNC
    Trey Hopkins – G –I think they talked to him or something? Dunno too much about him, but we need more OL.,
    Shayne Skov – This kinda seems likely, to me
    Smallwood – ILB, UCONN

    • Richard Colton

      I remember you and I had a back and forth about drafting Skov in the 2nd. Clearly that wasn’t in the cards. He’s smart, instinctive, excellent tackler. Playmaker. The knee must have scared teams. get him in here ASAP.

      • Adam

        His blazing 5.14 40 time did not help.

        • JofreyRice

          holy crap, did not realize he ran that slowly! Did he take a straight path, or did he zigzag?

          • Adam

            I think he was trying to get the Eagles attention and wanted to mimic Demeco trying to cover a TE

          • Richard Colton

            Shark in the water.

          • GoBirds1

            Maybe Matthews trying to cover Jacobs on the wheel route. If he is on the roster this year he has videos of Chippah.

          • Johnny Domino

            Serpentine

          • UKEagle99

            He was on Rich Eisens back, he was done for excessive whipping.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        deciding between OAK and SF right now, staying home.

        • cliff henny

          udfa would have to be an idiot to go to SF. loaded roster plus 10 picks

        • Richard Colton

          smart move. as slow as he is, it would take him forever to get to the East Coast

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Apparently there have been some UDFA signings already unless Christina is referring to the NFL Free Agents signed…

      Check out @christinawlurie’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/christinawlurie/status/465267297352183808

      • jpate

        in that context sounds like udfa but who knows

      • UKEagle99

        I read that as she is referring to Free agency as opposed to UDFA’s… but she could mean the cheerleaders for all I know.

    • Will

      also Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers

      • JofreyRice

        yeah, that’d be OK. Awesome size.

      • Glenn

        Shocked that Coleman wasn’t drafted.

    • Bob

      Absolutely love Crowell, one of the few players undrafted that actually has pro bowl potential. I’ve heard he’s really changed for the better. Apparently was so committed to school that he sent his coach to receive his POY award because he didn’t want to miss class. If he’s got his head on straight he could become a beast in this offense

    • RIP illa

      Didn’t Smallwood get drafted in the 7th?

      • Will

        I think he went undrafted…

        • JAMIN67

          Smallwood was drafted in the 7th. 3rd from last pick, I believe.

          • oreofestar

            Falcons got hm in 7th

      • JofreyRice

        I posted this right before the end of the draft.

    • cliff henny

      Reportedly Signed Players…bgn

      David Fluellen, RB, Toledo

      Trey Burton, WR, Florida

      Carey Spear, K, Vanderbilt

      Josh Andrews, OG/C, Oregon State

      John Fulton, CB, Alabama

      Henry Josey, RB, Missouri

      Kadron Boone, WR, LSU

      Quron Pratt, WR, Rutgers

  • jesse

    Satisfied

    • quentin smith

      Agreed

  • Will

    Is it September yet…lol…

  • RIP illa

    UDFA signed so far are Fluellen RB, who’s slow as dirt. And Trey Burton WR, but who I believe ran with the TEs at the combine. He’s real undersized for a TE, so that explains why he signed on as a WR, but his measurable a are that of your average TE…that’s a problem.

    • imnotsorryisaidthat

      signed fa kicker from vandy…knickname is murderleg…haha

  • UKEagle99

    Great. Now lets see them contribute.

  • oreofestar

    I am seeing some of the guys we got is there like an udfa tracker somwehre wanna see who is left

  • oreofestar

    Kerr and Hopkins signed….damn

    • oreofestar

      and Brett Smith

    • cliff henny

      see below, going heavy offense. couple nice RBs. joeseph kid out of mizzou can play

      • oreofestar

        yeah wish we could sign another offensive weapon from Mizzou right about now

        • cliff henny

          washington?

          • oreofestar

            yep

        • cliff henny

          hubbard didnt even get drafted? neither did loston? didnt like either, but that was as a 3rd/4th.

  • oreofestar

    Skins got Hoffman so now Washington and Coleman is what I want

    • cliff henny

      jackson jeffcoat. man, some serious names out there. lokobo, or whatever, olb at O. did Powell get drafted?

      • oreofestar

        Powell was drafted in 5th

        • cliff henny

          c-jones to jags

          • oreofestar

            They are on fire

          • cliff henny

            think theyhaveto take some risks.

          • Richard Colton

            along with Telvin Smith? wow. the two of them can get high and patrol the middle together, like at Florida. Just now they wont have Jameis to pass the dutchie on the left hand side.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            nothing else to do in Jax; they’ll miss the big lights of tampa soon enough. poor fellers. hope the grass is as least A+ for ‘em

    • cliff henny

      really happy w/ both udfa rbs. bet both make team. trey burton needs to mainline shakes, become a TE. vandy kicker isnt hal fbad either, rest, never heard of them

      • oreofestar

        yeah I know Boone just don’t really care ad he shouldn’t make team

  • oreofestar

    Jags had a great draft stole Telvin Smith in 5th and basically got an extra 3rd with Jones plus stole Lee, and Robinson

    • Richard Colton

      obviously their draft will depend on how good Bortles is. But yeah, I agree. Next to the Texans, the Jags had the best draft weekend.

      • oreofestar

        Rams too

        • Richard Colton

          yea. I want to say the Rams as well, but they had a ton of ammunition going in. they carpet-bombed the draft.

      • cliff henny

        nice, kiss of death. how was Dallas’?

        • Richard Colton

          I want to believe that the scouts had Jerry gagged and tied to a chair when they took Martin. He escaped just in time to mortgage all of Friday night for a boom/bust edge player. that’s my Jerruh!
          Overall – thought the Cowboys draft was so/so. How about you?

          • oreofestar

            thought their draft was mediocre at best worst in nfc east

          • cliff henny

            about same. after lawrence, wasnt paying alot of attention. did ok w/ 2out of the 557th rd picks. dont feel like they closed gap or anything. same w/ giants, skins couldntdo much, thanx rg3 trade

    • John E. Zang

      I really don’t think chip wanted Lee or Robinson. I think they got their man in Mathews. I think he would’ve drafted one of them if Mathews was taken. If he really wanted Lee he would’ve grabbed him in the first and trades up for Smith in the second.

  • cliff henny

    Kerr to colts, sorry Rob

    • oreofestar

      Coleman, Washington, Bullough, Roberson that is all I care about right now

      • cliff henny

        only about 3 or4 spots left

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      no cooks, joyner, moses, or kerr

      worst draft ever

      • cliff henny

        reynolds! he ruined it for me. i’m happiest about joseph and fluellen.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          same. just knew we’d get some good RBs for camp. Those 2 are fun to watch. May trek to camp again this year

  • cliff henny

    Retweeted by Geoff Mosher

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    Cowboy safety Daytawion Lowe has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Max Lightfoot

    Would like more depth on O-line (as others have suggested: UDFAs or just seasoning of backups) but otherwise am really excited about this draft. Desean who?

    Only problem? Not enough Oregon guys – must get more.

    • oreofestar

      LOkombo and Colt are here

  • cliff henny
  • Hanibal Luis

    Good morning, I wake up to Beau knows Philly Allen. Ok, some comp/back up to Logan.

  • ICDogg

    I like a good zero tech but he needs to play lower. He won’t get any explosion if he doesn’t.

  • Armchairgm3

    I have an irrational and premature man crush on this guy. Don’t judge me.

    • Johnny Domino

      Lest ye be judged.