Good pick. I was hoping for a defensive playmaker (Jordan or Ansah), but Lane Johnson was my #3 choice. He is an outstanding player and is a great fit for the Eagles and Chip Kelly.
When I did my final mock draft for PE.com, I had Johnson as the pick. Here’s what I wrote:
“The Eagles are excited about the return of Jason Peters at left tackle. That solidifies the left side of the line. The right side is a mystery. Everyone is hoping that Danny Watkins can bounce back under the new coaching staff, but you can’t count on that. Todd Herremans could be the right tackle, but he could also slide back to guard. Taking Johnson at No. 4 would add a big, talented player to the mix.
Johnson played right tackle for the Sooners in 2011 so starting out there for the Eagles would be a smooth transition for him. If anything happened to Peters on the left side, Johnson could move over there with Herremans stepping in at right tackle. Down the road, Johnson could move to the left side to replace Peters, but hopefully that wouldn’t be for several years.
Johnson is a great athlete. His Combine workout would have been solid for a running back or linebacker, but it was phenomenal for an offensive tackle. He ran faster in the 40-yard dash than Anquan Boldin did at the Combine. Johnson is also strong, agile and explosive. His arms are 35 inches long, giving him an ideal frame for the offensive tackle position. Don’t think of Johnson as a finesse athlete. He has a big-time mean streak. He loves to run block and wants to bury his opponent in the ground. Johnson has excellent potential and could develop into a Pro Bowl player. ”
I can’t stress enough how important that final point is. Lane Johnson has some Jon Runyan to his game. He likes to knock the crap out of guys. He wants to block you and make you pay. I think Kelly will love the fact that he got a freaky athlete that has a killer instinct. Usually the guys with the nasty streak are less-talented, overachiever types.
The OL has quickly moved from a question mark to a strength with the return of Jason Peters and the addition of Lane Johnson.
Great start to the 2013 draft.