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Countdown To The Draft: 59 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 …


Through three seasons in Philadelphia, Nick Foles has been statistically the most accurate quarterback in franchise history.

In the eight games Foles started in 2014, he completed 59.8% of his passes for 2163 yards and 13 touchdowns. Foles has a career completion percentage of 61.6%, the highest mark in franchise history for any quarterback with at least 500 career pass attempts.

As the No. 59 relates to the draft, the Eagles have selected a pair of notable defensive players at that spot in the draft in the last 12 years. Sheldon Brown, who had a very successful stay in Philadelphia as a key member of the secondary during the 2000s, was drafted 59th overall in 2002 (Eagles fans may remember that the team drafted a group that went on to be 3/4 of the starting secondary in the first three rounds with Brown, Lito Sheppard and Michael Lewis.) More recently, the Eagles selected Marshall pass rush specialist Vinny Curry with the 59th pick in 2012.


First Eagle To Wear No. 59: DE Joseph Wendlick (1940-41)

Current Eagle Wearing No. 59: LB DeMeco Ryans (2012-present)

LB Seth Joyner (1986-1993)



In today's NFL, Seth Joyner wouldn't have even been drafted.

In 1986, the UTEP linebacker was taken in the eighth round of the NFL Draft. Of course, today there are only seven rounds, but the Eagles surely made the most of their 208th overall selection that year. Joyner started 7 games in his rookie season of 1986, but he would go on the start every game for the Eagles over the next seven years. The Eagles Gang Green defense of the early 90s is most associated with names like Reggie White and Jerome Brown, but Joyner supplied the energy from the linebacker position.

In 120 games with the Eagles, Joyner racked up 37.0 sacks, intercepted 17 passes and scored five total touchdowns. Joyner ranks 17th in team history in sacks and played the fifth most games in franchise history for a linebacker. After two Pro Bowl appearances with the Eagles, Joyner appeared in one more Pro Bowl with Arizona before finishing his 13-year NFL career with stops in Denver and Green Bay.

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