The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the No. 4 overall pick in new head coach Chip Kelly's first NFL draft.
Johnson, 6-foot-6 and 303 pounds, was the third tackle drafted among the first four picks Thursday night. Johnson was a quarterback in high school and went to Oklahoma as a tight end.
He gives the Eagles a cornerstone anchor on a line that was decimated by injuries last season. Four of the five starters went down with injuries.
The Eagles are coming off a 4-12 season and fired coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had this to say about Johnson's selection:
“Everybody at the University of Oklahoma is proud of Lane and our other players who have earned an opportunity to compete in the NFL. It doesn’t surprise anyone on our staff that Lane was a high first-round selection. Lane worked relentlessly from the moment he stepped on campus and took advantage of every avenue to improve during his time with us.
“While it took a while to find the right position for him to maximize his athletic potential, I have no doubt that he has a huge upside and will only get better with more experience playing tackle. Coach Kittle and Coach Patton did a tremendous job of quickly acclimating him to compete at a high level, while Coach Schmidt and our strength staff did an outstanding job of accelerating his physical development. Lane is a special individual and we’ll anxiously follow his progress this fall along with our many other Sooners in the NFL.”
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