The Eagles worked out Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson on Friday, a league source confirmed.
Adam Caplan was first to report the workout, which was held away from the NovaCare Complex.
The 6-6, 303-pound Texas native was an all-state quarterback in high school and played the position some in junior college as well. He started out in Oklahoma as a tight end and defensive end before eventually transitioning to tackle. He played on the right side in 2011 and was primarily a left tackle last year, starting all but two games there.
Johnson ran a 4.72 40 at the Combine.
A sample of his draft profile from NFL.com:
Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson’s feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.
Caplan is certainly high on him.
In my 12 years of going to Senior Bowl practices, I don’t recall a more dominant performance from a LT than Lane Johnson’s.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 5, 2013
The primary concern seems to be his lack of experience as an offensive lineman. It doesn’t appear to be affecting his draft stock too much, though, as Johnson is a borderline top-10 pick in many mock drafts. Mel Kiper’s latest mock-up has Johnson going to San Diego at No. 11.
Most consider Johnson the third-best offensive tackle in the draft behind Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, both of whom are expected to go early. The Eagles have some options assuming they are high on the former Sooner. If they have a similar grade on Johnson as they do the more heralded tackles, they could conceivably trade back and still land a desired target. Something to keep in mind.
Here is some video of Johnson at work, courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com
For a full list of workout and visits, click here.
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