Nate Allen's Quietly Historic Rookie Start

Before the season there was plenty of idle speculation about the Eagles first round pick, Brandon Graham, and whether he might capture the defensive rookie of the year award. Unfortunately, while Graham has shown tremendous promise, he hasn’t been any kind of immediately dominant force.

However, much more quietly, the Eagles second round pick, Nate Allen, has proven he deserves to be in the conversation for best defensive rookie — if not the best rookie safety in recent NFL history.

You might be shocked by this statement. Has Allen really been that good? Actually, through the first five weeks, he’s put up disruptive numbers that match or better almost every other rookie safety of the last 30 years…