The Philadelphia Eagles really had to think on the fly when it came to their fourth overall selection in the first round of April’s 2013 NFL Draft, after their two most anticipated targets, OTs Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel, were snatched up by with Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, with the first and second overall draft picks.
When the Eagles finally went on the clock to choose their highly anticipated top-five overall draft pick, it looked like QB Geno Smith out of West Virginia University would be their go-to guy.
But in a brilliant twist, the Eagles decided to beef up their ailing offensive line, and draft OT Lane Johnson, an incredibly impressive physical specimen from the University of Oklahoma.
Johnson was originally a quarterback in junior college, before first transitioning to tight end, and finally offensive tackle while at Oklahoma. But don’t be fooled be Johnson’s lineman designation, as he is consistently one of the most athletic players on the gridiron.
The youngster’s hulking 6′ 6″, 300+ pound frame makes Johnson almost impossible to get past, and when you pair that with his superior athleticism, the rookie should be in for a legendary NFL career.
While Johnson is definitely a raw talent with a lot of technique still left to learn, his innate athleticism should trump his inexperience, as I expect the rookie to make an immediate impact in the NFL. The Eagles already have a perennial All-Pro left tackle in veteran Jason Peters, so Johnson will likely make the switch to right tackle for the time being, with Todd Herremans moving to guard if he indeed remains an Eagle.
After the Eagles housed arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL last season, they have the chance to be one of the league’s top units in 2013 with the addition of Johnson, and a plethora of talent returning from injury.
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