NFL Draft 2013: Philadelphia Eagles First-Round Draft Grade

Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A

With Chip Kelly taking over as the Eagles head coach after fourteen years of Andy Reid at the helm, they used their fourth-overall selection on Lane Johnson. Johnson is an offensive tackle from Oklahoma.

The former-Sooner is one of the most athletic offensive lineman that you will ever see. While Lane Johnson isn’t a sure stud, his upside is undoubtedly higher than both Eric Fisher’s and Luke Joeckel’s.

With Kelly’s up-tempo offense expected to use many screens and many snaps, the Eagles desperately needed an athlete at tackle. Jason Peters went down last season due to injury, but is back this season. It’s unclear whether Johnson will move over to the right side or Peters will make the move, but regardless, the Eagles’ protection is much improved with this pick.

 

Draft Grade: A-

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

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