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Countdown To The Draft: 86 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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On Black Sunday, the Eagles held the New York Giants to 86 rushing yards on 24 attempts, a big part of the suffocating defensive effort that led to the team's first shutout win in 18 years. The Week 6 win moved the Eagles to 5-1 on the season heading into their bye week.

What made the run defense's effort more impressive was that the Giants' rushing game was on a roll heading into Black Sunday. The Giants entered the Sunday night showdown averaging 157 rushing yards per game in their previous three contests, all wins. But the Eagles shut down starting running back Andre Williams, holding him to 59 yards on 17 carries as the Eagles' dominating defensive line proved on a national stage what it was capable of. 

There's no brotherly love when the Giants come down the turnpike to face the Eagles on Sunday Night Football ...

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First Eagle To Wear No. 86: WR Hal Prescott (1947-1949)

Eagle Currently Wearing No. 86: TE Zach Ertz (2013-present)

WR Fred Barnett

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Mississippi native Fred Barnett was a middle-round bargain in the 1990 NFL Draft. The 77th overall pick, Barnett was selected in the third round by the Eagles and turned on the productivity in a hurry. Piling up nearly 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two years, Barnett's early success culminated in being voted to the Pro Bowl in 1992. He caught 67 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns that season, leading the team in catches and receiving yards.

Barnett's final statistics were hampered by a season cut short in 1993 when he suffered a torn ACL. He played just four games that year, the same year that quarterback Randall Cunningham broke his leg. But Barnett came back even stronger in 1994 with the best season of his career, catching 78 passes for 1,127 yards and five touchdowns. The 78 catches and 1,127 yards were both career highs.

After six years in the City of Brotherly Love, Barnett moved on to Miami to play for the Dolphins, but he never replicated the success he had with the Eagles. Barnett retired after two years with the Dolphins. He ranks 10th in Eagles franchise history in terms of receiving yards, and his 1994 season was the eight-most productive season ever by an Eagles wide receiver.

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