Inside the Pre-Draft Visits

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly Leaving Practice
 Chip Kelly introduced himself to Beau Allen by running his car into him.

“I was sitting and waiting to go in and meet with [Howie Roseman] and all the front office guys, and Coach Kelly was driving around a little remote control car –they use it out on the field because they can’t do motions — and he drove it right into me and was like, ‘Oh, hey Beau, how are you doing?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, Coach.’ ”

That was the lineman’s first hint that things are done a little differently in this organization. There would be more evidence along the way. Read more »

Eagles Sign 7th-Round Pick Beau Allen

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Wisconsin

The Eagles have signed a second draft pick, inking seventh-rounder Beau Allen to a four-year deal.

Allen (6-2, 335) has a legitimate chance to compete for a roster spot at nose tackle. Bennie Logan is expected to be the starter, but behind him there’s not a lot of depth. Undrafted free agent Damion Square saw some snaps there behind Logan in 2013. Cedric Thornton also has the ability to play some nose if necessary.

But realistically, Allen and Square will be competing for a job. Read more »

Eagles Pick-By-Pick Draft Review

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Oregon vs Kansas State

It was a chaotic three days at the NovaCare Complex. In the end, the Eagles made four trades and ended up with seven new players (not counting undrafted free agents).

Below is a pick-by-pick review, along with links you might have missed and projections for how each guy fits. Read more »

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.

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Allen Could Be A Fit For Eagles

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Beau 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.”

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. Read more »