Friday April 26th, 2013

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The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly had been enamored with Lane Johnson for some time leading up to the draft. His athletic prowess -- remember, he played quarterback and tight end in junior college -- made him an ideal candidate for the wide-open, spread offense that Chip Kelly figures to bring to the NFL this year.

And after the Dolphins decided to nab Dion Jordan, not Johnson, after trading up for No. 3, the Eagles pounced.

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.

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