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Countdown To The Draft: 70 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 …


In yet another example of why defensive end Fletcher Cox should have been in the Pro Bowl, the third-year defender piled up a career-high 70 tackles this season as he and the Eagles defensive line dominated opposing offensive lines all season long. Cox's 70 tackles, combined with the 122 from defensive tackle Bennie Logan and defensive end Cedric Thornton, adds up to 192 tackles from the Eagles starting defensive line, which was anchored by Cox.

Cox received All-Pro votes at two different positions, defensive end and defensive tackle, which showed the breadth of his impact. And those 70 tackles helped the Eagles limit opposing running backs to just 3.7 yards per carry, the fifth-best figure in the league.


First Eagle To Wear No. 70: T Leo Brennan (1942)

Most Recent Eagle To Weat No. 70: G/T Jim Skaggs (1963-1972)

OL Al Wistert (1943-1951)



Nine Eagles players have had their number retired in the 82-year history of the franchise. Al Wistert is one of those nine Eagles.

The ultimate steal as a fifth-round draft pick in the 1943 NFL Draft, Wistert played all nine of his rock-solid seasons in Philadelphia as an offensive and defensive tackle. He was named to the AP All-Pro First Team four seasons in a row, from 1944 to 1947. 1944 was just his second year in the league, but already Wistert was All-Pro talent.

In 1950, Wistert represented the Eagles at the first Pro Bowl in NFL history. He was also a member of the team's first two NFL Championship teams.

In 2009, Wistert was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.

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