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Countdown To The Draft: 43 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 ranked ninth in the NFL in terms of third down conversion percentage in 2014, succesfully converting on 43.46 third-down plays. The Eagles also got better at converting third downs as the season went on, as they converted 48.84% of third-down chances in the final three games of the 2014 season. 

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First Eagle to wear No. 43: B Jack Hinkle (1941-47)

Current Eagle wearing No. 43: RB Darren Sproles (2014-present)

RB Darren Sproles

In his first regular season game as a Philadelphia Eagle, running back Darren Sproles rushed 51 yards for a touchdown (on a fourth-and-1 play) that sparked a comeback victory over Jacksonville. From there it was fireworks and dynamite play after dynamite play from Sproles, who proved that in his 10th year in the league he's still one of the most electric players in the NFL.

 Not bad for a player acquired for a fifth-round pick.

Sproles earned his first-ever Pro Bowl spot by leading the NFL in punt return yards (506) and tying for the league lead in punt return touchdowns with two. He also rushed for six touchdowns, which doubled his previous single-season best of three set in 2009.

What's next for the speedy back? With the addition of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews into the Eagles backfield, fans could witness a revival of the three-headed monster rushing attack, a la 2003 when Brian Westbrook, Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter rushed for a combined 20 touchdowns. 

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