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Lane Johnson drafted by Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-paced offense cannot thrive without athleticism along the offensive line. Head coach Chip Kelly and Co. addressed that with their first pick in Thursday's 2013 NFL Draft, selecting Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson No. 4 overall.


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Johnson likely will slide in at right tackle, working across from five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Johnson's arrival means Todd Herremans likely will be moved to right guard. It's a draft pick that ends up addressing two areas of need for the Eagles.

Johnson had a meteoric rise during the pre-draft process, starting with a lights-out performance during Senior Bowl week. Johnson was a Texas All-State quarterback as a senior in high school before being converted to tight end and, finally, tackle.

The selection of Johnson made it three offensive linemen in the first four picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. Johnson joined Eric Fisher (No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs) and Luke Joeckel (No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars).

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