The strength of the 2013 NFL Draft’s crop of offensive linemen was on full display last night, particularly at the top of the draft where three of the first four selections were offensive tackles.
By now you know the Eagles grabbed Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, the ultra-athletic prospect who had a breakout performance at the scouting combine. While Johnson is a bit inexperienced, the consensus is that he’ll be an excellent fit in Chip Kelly’s offense.
SportsIllustrated chimed in with their analysis and breakdown of each first round selection. Here’s what writer Chris Burke had to say about Johnson to the Eagles:
This is the most speculative of the three offensive tackle picks so far, as Johnson has much less experience playing that position than either Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel. But at 6-foot-6 and just north of 300 pounds (up a staggering 80 pounds from his JUCO days), Johnson has the physical gifts to be productive at the next level.
The Eagles’ offensive line was depleted by injuries last season. Johnson gives them another standout option up front, and one that will be able to get out in space and help Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles’ playmakers.
Grade: A-minus. Kelly will try to work his offense around the pieces he has, but adding even more athleticism to an already athletic group will make the transition that much easier.