USF safety Allen drafted in 2nd round by Eagles
USF safety Nate Allen has been picked with the 37th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the third-highest draft pick in Bulls history.
Allen, a three-year starter at free safety for the Bulls, could be seen as an heir apparent for veteran Brian Dawkins, who left the team before last season to go to Denver. There's high pressure on him in Philadelphia, as he was picked with the top pick acquired from Washington in the trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Allen was just the third safety taken -- ahead of USC's Taylor Mays, and behind first-rounders Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. The senior from Cape Coral started 39 games in his Bulls career and led the team with four interceptions this season.
Allen is USF's second draft pick this weekend, following defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who went 15th to the Giants. Cornerback Jerome Murphy and receiver Carlton Mitchell have a good chance to be picked Friday night in the draft's first three rounds.