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Countdown To The Draft: 51 Days


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…


Cody Parkey went from being a member of the Indianapolis Colts to fighting for the starting job to the Eagles to entering Week 1 as the Eagles kicker all in a matter of a few weeks. After he was acquired by the Eagles in late August, Parkey was thrown into the fire as the starting kicker for the Eagles' first game of the season against Jacksonville.

On the Eagles first drive of the fourth quarter, Nick Foles and Darren Sproles led the Eagles into Jaguars' territory, and on fourth down, the rookie out of Auburn was called upon for his first NFL field goal attempt. Parkey drilled the 51-yard field goal, and from that point on, #LOVEParkey became a Philadelphia revolution. Parkey went on to make the Pro Bowl thanks to his NFL rookie record and and Eagles franchise record of 150 points.

What did you do this offseason? Punter Donnie Jones and kicker Cody Parkey met golfing icon Arnold Palmer ...


First Eagle To Wear No. 51: G Enio Conti (1941-45)

Current Eagle Wearing No. 51: LB Emmanuel Acho (2013-present)

LB William Thomas (1992-1999)


Originally a fourth-round pick out of Texas A & M, linebacker William Thomas wasted no time at all becoming an impact player on the Eagles defense.

He started seven games and recorded 40 tackles his first year in the NFL, before assuming a full-time starting role the following season. He would remain the team's starting right outside linebacker for the next eight seasons, from 1992-99.

Thomas excelled as a blitzer and playmaker, totaling 33.0 sacks, 18 interceptions (including seven in 1995, his first of two straight Pro Bowl seasons) and eight forced fumbles.

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