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Countdown To The Draft: 12 Days

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The clock is ticking, Eagles fans.

On April 30th, the NFL Draft will kick off from Chicago, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the latest class of NFL talent. To make sure that you're all set for when the Eagles are on the clock for the first time, we're counting down each day with look at each number from 100-1 and the significance that the number holds in Eagles history.

Without further ado, let's continue the countdown…

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The Eagles intercepted 12 passes in 2014.

The now-Oakland Raider Nate Allen led the way with four interceptions, followed closely by fellow safety Malcolm Jenkins. Starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher totaled three interceptions last season, but both have signed with other teams in free agency. Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond III have been signed to deals, hoping to increase that team total from last season.

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First Eagle To Wear No. 12: QB/HB Ed Matesic (1934-5)

Last Eagle To Wear No. 12: QB Randall Cunningham (1985-95)

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM

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Before the Eagles had Weapon X, they had the Ultimate Weapon.

The 37th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, this former Runnin' Rebel lived up to his college's mascot in the NFL. Cunningham helped usher in a new breed of mobile quarterbacks in the NFL; an athletic, accurate passer who could take off and run past the defense if the play broke down.

Randall took over as the Eagles' full-time starter in 1987, starting 12 games, leading the Eagles to a 7-5 record in his starts. His best stretch with the Eagles came in the following three seasons, as Cunningham was named in a Pro Bowler each year from 1988-90.

Cunningham produced a number of "Are you kidding me?" plays; his 95-yard miraculous touchdown pass against Bruce Smith and the Buffalo Bills, his evading of New York's Carl Banks to hit Jimmie Giles for a touchdown, and many others. And while the flashy plays are the moments Eagles fans think of first when they remember No. 12, it's also important to remember that Cunningham was also a winner, earning 82 victories in his 135 starts as an Eagle.

In total, Cunningham played 16 NFL seasons, 11 of which came in Philadelphia. Cunningham ranks third in team history with 22,877 passing yards and sixth with 4,482 rushing yards. His No. 12 jersey has not been officially retired by the Eagles, but no one has worn it since the Ultimate Weapon. 

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