And if you needed more evidence as to why the exercise of mock drafts are a complete waste of time, well, here’s the latest bit of proof.
The Eagles are reportedly targeting Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson as the draft draws near. According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, NFL insiders believe Chip Kelly is so enamored with Johnson that the team is poised to select him even in the event the highly-touted Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are on the board.
They spent significant time with the tackle in the last few weeks. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked Johnson out in his hometown of Groveton, Tex. over two weeks ago and the Eagles brought him to the NovaCare for a pre-draft visit two weekends ago.
A terrific athlete, Johnson is a bit inexperienced, only playing two years along the offensive line. Still, his terrific display of athleticism at the NFL Combine sent his stock rising.
Rumors continue to swirl that the team is still interested in trading back in the first round, but the general belief is that it may be difficult to find a trade partner. The good news? We’ll know soon enough.