With the 4th Overall Pick, the Philadelphia Eagles Select Lane Johnson OT, Oklahoma

By Jeff Shull

The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Lane Johnson, offensive tackle out of Oklahoma with the fourth overall pick in this year’s 2013 NFL Draft. Clearly Chip Kelly is looking for someone to bolster their offensive line. They have Jason Peters still, who is coming off a season ending injury, but adding Johnson could give the Eagles one of the top offensive lines in the NFL.

Johnson is massive at 6’6”, 303 pounds but he is very athletic for his size, which is what made him such a high commodity in this year’s draft. He was an All-State selection as a quarterback in high school and converted from tight end to tackle while in college. He is not a great run blocker, but given Kelly’s offense doesn’t use a typical power running scheme, that’s likely not going to be an issue. Johnson will be able to use his incredible athleticism to frustrate pass rushers. He can keep them in front of him and has great footwork.

The Eagles struggled mightily in 2012 and fired long time coach Andy Reid. Reid coached the team since 1999, but the franchise decided they needed to move in another direction. Enter Kelly. Despite Kelly having no NFL experience, the players have really taken to him and enjoy his coaching style. Many have even said his offense will take the league by storm.

With this selection, the Eagles go a long way in shoring up their offensive line. They gave up a first round pick for Peters, used another on Danny Watkins and now Johnson. If they can’t get production out of that talented group, something is wrong with the coaching.

All in all, this is a great pick for the Eagles.

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2013 NFL Draft Player Profile: Lane Johnson

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