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Countdown To The Draft: 46 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 No. 46 has been very kind to the Philadelphia Eagles as it relates to the draft. In the past decade, the Eagles have landed two outstanding defensive with the 46th (Mychal Kendricks, 2012) and 146th picks (Trent Cole, 2005) in the draft.

Cole, who was recently released and since signed by the Indianapolis Colts, finished his Eagles career with 85.5 sacks, second only to the great Reggie White. It's likely that the Hunter could one day see his name and number raised to the rafters of Lincoln Financial Field.

Since entering the league in 2012, Kendricks has proven to be one of the most athletic linebackers to take the field. His combo of speed and strength have made him a rising talent on the defensive side of the ball, and the California product will look to take another leap forward in 2015.

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First Eagle to wear No. 46: B Don Miller (1954)

Current Eagle wearing No. 46: LS Jon Dorenbos (2006 - present)

DB Herman Edwards (1977-1985)

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Herm Edwards' playing career in the NFL is best remembered by one play. Actually, make that one miracle.

In November of 1978, the Eagles trailed the New York Giants late in the fourth quarter. Looking to run off the final seconds of play, the Giants fumbled the ball on a botched handoff between Joe Pisarcik and Larry Csonka. Edward scooped it up and returned it for the game-winning touchdown, becoming a Philadelphia sports folk hero in the process in what would come to be known as the original "Miracle at the Meadowlands."

Edwards would go on to start 135 consecutive games in the Eagles secondary, the sixth-longest streak in Eagles history. Over his nine seasons with the Eagles, he intercepted 33 passes, which ranks fourth in franchise history.

After his playing career came to an end in 1986, Edwards quickly joined the coaching ranks, first collegiately at San Jose St as the defensive backs coach before transitioning to the NFL as a scout and then the defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. After spending time in Tampa Bay, Edwards landed his first head coaching job with the New York Jets. He coached five seasons in New York, followed by three seasons back with the Chiefs. Since his coaching days have come to a close, Edwards has moved into the broadcasting industry, working as a successful analyst for ESPN.

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