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Since Howie Roseman took over as general manager in 2010, the Eagles have averaged just over 10 selections per NFL Draft (10.25, to be exact). In 2014, the Eagles enter the draft with just six picks but, perhaps, the desire to acquire more.
First Eagle To Wear 10: RB Swede Ellstrom (1934)
Last Eagle To Wear 10: WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13)
The second overall pick by the Baltimore Colts in the 1950 NFL Draft out of Baylor, Adrian Burk's rights were picked up by the Eagles when the Colts folded after that season. He played quarterback for the Eagles for six seasons from 1951 through 1956. Though Burk only started all 12 games in a season once (1951), he was the majority starter in 1954 and 1955 and made the Pro Bowl both seasons.
In '54, Burk started eight games and completed 53.2 percent of his passes for 1,740 yards, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He put up an 80.4 quarterback rating and helped lead the Eagles to a 5-2-1 record. It was during this season that Burk set an Eagles record and tied the NFL record, both of which still stand today, by throwing for seven touchdowns in a game, when the Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins, 49-21, on October 17. Of course, Nick Foles tied that record against the Oakland Raiders during the 2013 season.
Burk, who attended law school at Baylor in the offseason, retired from the NFL following the 1956 season to practice law. He didn't stay out of football long, however, helping Bud Adams found the Houston Oilers in 1959 and signing the team's first major player, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon, in 1960. Burk worked as an NFL on-field official through the mid-70s and was the back judge who signaled for a touchdown on Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" when the Steelers defeated the Raiders in the 1972 playoffs. Following his stint as an official, he joined the Oilers as assistant to the president and general counsel before returning to his law practice in 1978.
For more on Burk and his historic seven-touchdown performance, check out this piece by our Eagles historian Ray Didinger.