Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 1/4 - Lane Johnson, T, 6-6, 303, Oklahoma...Former quarterback, defensive end and tight end who's only been an offensive lineman for three years. Eagles love his athleticism. He's an excellent fit for Chip Kelly's offense. Can play both sides. Probably will be the team's season-opening starting right tackle. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I view myself as kind of an aggressive player on the field, but off of it, I'm a down-to-earth guy. I'm not arrogant at all. I know Philly is a good blue-collar town that works its tail off, and they're very passionate about their sports, especially football." -- Eagles first-round pick Lane Johnson. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 1/4 - Lane Johnson, T, 6-6, 303, Oklahoma...Former quarterback, defensive end and tight end who's only been an offensive lineman for three years. Eagles love his athleticism. He's an excellent fit for Chip Kelly's offense. Can play both sides. Probably will be the team's season-opening starting right tackle. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I view myself as kind of an aggressive player on the field, but off of it, I'm a down-to-earth guy. I'm not arrogant at all. I know Philly is a good blue-collar town that works its tail off, and they're very passionate about their sports, especially football." -- Eagles first-round pick Lane Johnson. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Eagles bolster blocking with Johnson...The Eagles had four players they were comfortable taking with the fourth pick in the draft Thursday night - offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Lane Johnson of Oklahoma and defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan or Oregon. Fisher went first to Kansas City, Joeckel second to Jacksonville and Jordan third to Miami, which traded up from No. 12, leaving the Eagles to happily select Johnson.
Head coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles had Fisher, Joeckel and Johnson, who only has been playing offensive tackle for two years after starting his career as a quarterback, and then moving to defensive end and tight end, all rated evenly. "We had them all together," he said. "So it was going to happen the way it was going to fall. We weren't going to trade. We thought there was a group of four that we really, really like and we were going to see how the draft was going to unfold." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The athletic Johnson is a good bet to be the Eagles' season-opening starting right tackle. Todd Herremans, who was the team's starting right tackle before breaking his foot last November and missing the final eight games, probably will move back inside to guard. He had spent most of his career at guard before moving to right tackle in 2011. "I don't know depth charts or any of those other things," Kelly said. "Let's get Lane in here and let him actually take a few reps and run around a little bit. "We do know that Todd has some flexibility and that's the great thing about him, because Todd has played inside and outside. I think the other thing with Lane that is great about his flexibility is he has played the right side and he's played the left side.
We're going to let them all battle it out. they're going to win the jobs out on the field, but having some versatility makes a more versatile football team. Having him and having Todd, we obviously look at that as a positive." The Eagles' current left tackle, Jason Peters, missed all of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon. He was a first-team All Pro in 2011, but is 31 years old and there is no guarantee he will return to his previous form. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, the Eagles' first-round draft pick, fessed up to a fib Friday. No, he doesn't have a fake girlfriend. But the story he told in New York to ESPN and again at his introductory press conference in Philadelphia earlier Friday about wrestling black bears down in Texas, well, no, that never actually happened. Johnson said he was just trying to "add some flavor to the supper" when asked why he made up the story. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 5. OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (6-6, 303, 5SR)...A personal favorite, Johnson moved to the offensive line in 2011 and is still growing at tackle, but he flashes all the necessary skills to develop into an NFL starting LT. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 9. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: Having seen action at QB, DE and TE during his time at Kilgore Junior College (Texas), Johnson had already proven his athleticism. The 6-6, 303-pounder showed just how athletic he is at the combine, clocking in at 4.72 seconds in the 40-yard dash and registering a 34-inch vertical jump. With only two years at tackle, including only one on the blind side, Johnson isn't as polished as Joeckel or Fisher but might possess an even higher upside. Some veteran scouts rank him as the elite tackle in this class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/13 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Lane Johnson, OT (6-6 1/2, 310) - Since there were no NFL offensive line coaches on hand to work him out, Johnson only got measured and weighed at the pro day, and stood on his numbers from the combine. Johnson is expected to be selected in the top half of the first round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/13 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Part of Johnson's package is that he's relatively new to his position, and there could be more room for growth. He started the last 12 games of the 2011 season at right tackle, then spent most of this season starting at left tackle. Johnson said he was hearing during the season that he could possibly have first-round potential, but he was still considered raw.
''I think when you have athletic ability, it helps out a bunch and technique will come with coaching,'' he said. ''There's only so much you can do athletically but coaching, there's always things you can improve on. That's my main focus right now.''
Leading up to the draft, Johnson said he wants to improve his lower body strength and get better at getting his hands on defenders before they can do it to him. He's still waiting to find out if he'll be invited to New York for the opening night of the draft on April 25. If not, he'll either put together a party around Norman or at home in Texas. ''The hay's in the barn,'' Johnson said, ''so now you just kind of sit back and see what happens.'' - AP Sports
02/28/13 - With the 2013 NFL Combine in the rearview mirror, we'll now start to hear stories about the things teams asked players. Like one team asking Colorado tight-end prospect Nick Kasa if he "liked girls." Or Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson -- who is being regularly mocked in the first round -- and his meeting with the Bengals, who told him to remember and repeat random things and numbers, which Johnson called "the weirdest meeting" he's ever been in.
“One thing caught me off guard. I was meeting with Cincinnati, and I went in there and they told me to remember five things. They just listed five things like a bear, a flower, a tree, a man and like a dog," Johnson said on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego. "And they told me to remember those terms, at the end of the meeting to see if I could remember them. And from that point on, they listed numbers. They said, like, 9167, and then told me to repeat them in reverse order. "So that was probably the weirdest meeting I've ever been a part of."
The Bengals' setup does have me curious, though. They've always been mocked for their frugal scouting methods, but Cincy's been on fire lately in the draft and in player acquisition. Is this bizarre memory stuff part of some new Moneyball-esque scouting approach? Is it the same thing they've been doing forever? Is this the sort of thing they do with every single prospect? Do they do this for 15 minutes? - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/23/13 - Lane Johnson's steady rise up NFL Draft boards continued with an impressive unofficial 4.75-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine on Saturday. NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated offensive tackle and No. 11-rated prospect overall, Johnson's stated goal the day before was to break the combine record for offensive lineman. And his unofficial time on his first run would have tied Bruce Campbell's mark from 2010. However, Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead ripped off an unofficial 4.65 time earlier in the morning. Johnson enjoyed a strong week at the Senior Bowl and has been one of the fastest-rising prospects during the pre-draft process.
A quarterback only four years ago who began his Oklahoma career as a tight end, Johnson was primarily a right tackle as a junior before playing on the left side last season. Among the best pure athletes along the offensive line in this year's draft class, Johnson estimated his body fat to be 15 percent, and he lifted the 225-pound bench press 28 times on Friday. "I don't know how big a 40-yard dash comes into the draft status for a lineman, but I think what they want to see is a good 10-yard split, a good 20-yard split, showing that you have good explosion out of your stance," he said Friday. "I think it's athleticism that puts me over the top."
The 10- and 20-yard split times will be provided to NFL teams after the conclusion of the combine. Johnson's ability to line up on the left or right side increases his value. He is still a work-in-progress, but has all the physical tools to continue to develop into a solid starter at the next level. He isn't far behind Eric Fisher among senior offensive tackles. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange