Posted: 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Craig Powers
With the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. The offensive lineman was rated 13th-best overall and the No. 3 tackle prospect in the draft rankings from SB Nation's Dan Kadar.
It's likely that Johnson always harbored dreams of being a top-10 draft pick, but when he graduated from high school he probably wasn't expecting it to come as an offensive tackle. Johnson started his college career as a quarterback at Kilgore College before transferring to Oklahoma to play either tight end or defensive end. By the time fall camp before his junior season rolled around, he had settled in on the offensive line and went on to make 23 starts at the tackle positions. His senior-year performance garnered an All-Big 12 second-team accolades.
The Eagles have Jason Peters at left tackle, but age and injuries are concerning for the future. Todd Herremans is a decent starter at right tackle, but Johnson provides depth there as well if they need him to slide.
Johnson could be starting ahead of Peters by the start of the season. He has a great chance to beat out at least one of the two tackles the Eagles have right now with his talent.
Johnson's versatility is one of his best assets, according to SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn:
He has spent time at both left and right tackle during his career and has even switched off between the two during games. He has the body control to play in space and line up wherever the offense needs him in a given situation.
Weight: 303 pounds
Arms: 35 1/4"
Hands: 10 1/8"
40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds
Bench press: 28 reps
Vertical jump: 34"
Broad jump: 118"
Three-cone drill: 7.31 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.52 seconds