Often times a first-time NFL head-coach, will be defined by his first big draft pick. Andy Reid certainly was defined by his first big draft pick, in Donovan McNabb, and Chip Kelly may now be defined by his first big pick; Oklahoma Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson. The Eagles made Johnson the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.
Johnson is 23 years-old, and played four years in college. However, Johnson spent two of those seasons at Kilgore College, which is a junior college, and he played quarterback and tight-end there. After a strong showing at Kilgore, Johnson was recruited by Oklahoma, later transferring there and red-shirting for the 2009 season. After spending a season playing both defensive end and also remaining a tight end, Johnson made a permanent switch to playing offensive tackle, which led to tremendous success for Johnson. Johnson is a reigning all-american, and performed incredibly well in the Senior Bowl.
Johnson stands at 6’6, and weighs in at 303 lbs. Johnson, because he is a little smaller and athletic, should fit well into Chip Kelly’s system because he should be able to keep up with the up-tempo offense that Chip Kelly brings to Philadelphia.
By taking Johnson fourth overall, the Eagles made Johnson the third tackle taken in the first four picks. The Chiefs made Eric Fisher the number one overall pick, while the Jaguars followed up by taking Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. The Dolphins traded up to the number three spot, and it was widely believed the move was to select Lane Johnson, to replace Jake Long. Instead, the ‘Phins pulled off a major plot twist, and took Chip Kelly’s former defensive-end, Dion Jordan.