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Countdown To The Draft: 15 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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Beau Allen ended his rookie season with 15 total tackles.

A seventh-round draft choice out of Wisconsin, Allen made a nice impact on the Eagles' defensive line as a rotational player, showing promise as a run defender. Allen was also credited with half a sack and one quarterback hurry in 2014.

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First Eagle To Wear No. 15: RB Laf Russell (1933)

Last Eagle To Wear No. 15: HB Steve Van Buren (1944-51)

STEVE VAN BUREN

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Back-to-back NFL Championships. Three straight division titles. Four individual rushing titles. Steve Van Buren was that good.

The fifth pick in the 1944 NFL Draft out of LSU, Van Buren led the Eagles to back-to-back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949. He retired as the Eagles' all-time leading rusher with 5,869 yards on the ground while scoring 69 touchdowns.

At a time when the NFL was all about the run, Van Buren was one of the best in the game. Standing at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Van Buren possessed a size and speed combo that was unheard of at the time. In fact, there's reason to believe that if Van Buren was playing in today's NFL, he could easily be among the game's greats. Van Buren was selected to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team, the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1965) and the Eagles Hall of Fame (1987). His No.15 now hangs in the Lincoln Financial Field rafters. 

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