With their final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Eagles drafted Wisconsin defensive tackle Beau Allen with the 224th overall selection.
Allen is your traditional anchoring nose tackle at 6-2 and 333 pounds. At Wisconsin, he played in all 54 games, making 26 starts over his final two seasons. As a senior, he was an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
He is built low to the ground is known as the type of guy who can get good leverage at the line of scrimmage. His natural size allows him to just eat up blocks but also possesses very good quickness for a guy with his size. He’s a gritty player that will come in and give effort on every play in the type of position where there isn’t a ton of glory.
Allen isn’t the type of player who is going to get to the quarterback, but the way that he eats up blocks can help linebackers who may be coming on a blitz. His size is sure to command double teams, so the Eagles should be able to put in packages that allow them to take advantage.
Currently, the Eagles don’t really have a true big-bodied nose tackle. If you remember back to the Saints game in the playoffs, they got pushed around on the line and couldn’t make any stops when Drew Brees was quarterback sneaking for first downs.
Allen doesn’t look like he’ll be an every down player out of the gate, but he could be a good situational option on short yardage plays and around the goal line. They needed a big body in the middle and Allen fits that need.