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Countdown To The Draft: 25 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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Last season, the Eagles allowed opponents to convert on just 25% of their fourth-down opportunities, ranking fourth in the NFL.

That number was an improvement on the 2013 season, during which the Eagles allowed opponents to convert on 40% of their fourth-down tries. This statistic is just another example of the growth shown by the Eagles defense in 2014.

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First Eagle to Wear No. 25: E Leonard Gudd (1934)

Most Recent Eagle to Wear No. 25: RB LeSean McCoy (2009-2014)

FL TOMMY McDONALD (1957-63)

Harold Carmichael, who recently announced his retirement, is arguably the greatest receiver in Eagles history. He's also the tallest, standing at 6-8. Carmichael's stiffest competition for the title of greatest Eagles' receiver is a man who was nearly a foot shorter than him.

Tommy McDonald never let his size dictate his style of play. He only played at 176 pounds, but in seven seasons with the Eagles, he racked up 5,499 yards and 66 touchdowns. Those numbers seem even more impressive when taking into consideration that NFL football was dominated by the run game during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said "If I had 11 Tommy McDonald's on my team, I'd win a championship every year." The Eagles did indeed win the NFL Championship with McDonald in 1960, a season in which he recorded 13 touchdowns. McDonald was inducted into the Eagles Hall Of Fame in 1988, and ten years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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