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Countdown To The Draft: 37 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 defense showed a number of different signs of improvement in 2014. One of these improvements was found in their ability to get opposing offenses off of the field on third down. The Eagles allowed opponents to convert on just 37.9% of their third-down attempts, ranking 13th in the NFL. By comparison, the Eagles allowed opponents to convert on 41.15% of their attempts in 2013.

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First Eagle To Wear No. 37: HB Robert Rowe (1935)

Current Eagle Wearing No. 37: CB Jaylen Watkins (2014-present)

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The 101st overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft, Jaylen Watkins was the first player chosen on Day Three of the draft. The Eagles selected the versatile defensive back, and after a year of learning the ropes, Watkins could be poised for a breakout season in Year Two.

After dealing with a hamstring injury during the first week of the season, Watkins ended up being active for just four regular season games, spending the majority of his time on special teams. However, Watkins was given his first real shot on defense in the Eagles' Week 17 meeting with New York. The former Florida Gator made three tackles and broke up one pass as well.

With Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams both moving on to different teams, Watkins will presumably have a chance to compete with Walter Thurmond III and Nolan Carroll II for the starting corner job opposite of Byron Maxwell. 

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