Lane Johnson may take a back seat to the likes of Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, but the star product out of Oklahoma looks to be the third player taken at his position and a lock for the Top 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft.
After working out with the Philadelphia Eagles in his hometown of Groveton, Texas and visiting the team’s facilities in Philly, the 6-6, 303-pound offensive tackle told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he believes there’s a good chance he’ll be suiting up in midnight green in 2013.
“It’s a good possibility,” Johnson said. “What they’re going to do offensively really fits what I excel at—up-tempo, zone offense. But you never know what’s going to happen come draft day.”
There’s no question that he would be great fit in Philly due to his skills set and could provide an immediate impact along the Eagles’ offensive line. Johnson also has an interesting background.
He was an honorable mention all-state quarterback in Texas as a senior in high school and a backup at QB in junior college prior to transitioning to tight end and defensive end before moving to right tackle during his first three seasons with the Sooners. In 2012, he finally found his true niche and got his shot at left tackle.
Despite his lack of experience, don’t be surprised if the Eagles take the leap of faith and pick him in the No. 4 spot. His lethal combination of athleticism, strength and great technique will presumably make him a Top 10 pick with either the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins or Atlanta Falcons (who have reported interest in trading up again).
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