The Philadelphia Eagles are in the hunt for an offensive tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the most popular pick for the Eagles at OT is Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. However, the Eagles are checking out all possible options, including hyper-athletic Oklahoma Sooners star Lane Johnson. Per a tweet from Eagles beat guy and NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Eagles will be working out Johnson today. Caplan also notes that the Eagles interviewed Johnson at the 2013 NFL Combine.Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Johnson is massive at 6’7″, 310 pounds, and he reminds me of New England Patriots rising left tackle Nate Solder. He has the huge frame and incredible athleticism, and those are traits that give Johnson a lot of upside. We all know how ridiculously fast he is per his weight, and Johnson has actually gotten stronger in the pre-draft process as well.
Most commonly mocked to the San Diego Chargers with the 11th pick, Johnson might not make it out of the top ten anymore. After the Miami Dolphins signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a $5.5 million deal, reports have the Dolphins trading up to draft an offensive tackle (most likely Johnson). Like the Eagles, the Detroit Lions are another team with a top five pick that could be looking at an OT.
The Eagles will most likely draft Fisher, but they could switch things up and draft Johnson if they decide they like Johnson more than Fisher. We’ll see how this visit goes for Johnson and if the Eagles show more interest in him, and I get the feeling that Johnson won’t make it outside of the top ten in this draft.
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