Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly stated during his press conference after selecting OT Lane Johnson with his first round pick that Oklahoma’s strength and conditioning coach said it would take “a cheeseburger and a week” to transition Johnson from DE to OT…
Kelly was asked if Johnson’s versatility and up-tempo experience was a factor in the pick when he stated (all below quotes are courtesy of Eagles media relations):
“No. Obviously he ran a similar system in terms of the pace of play, but that really was not a factor in us selecting him. What really was a factor is I think you see a guy that is 6-foot-6, he’s three hundred pounds and 35-inch arms.
He’s got an unbelievable athletic background to him. He started as a high school quarterback, was a tight end and played defensive end. I talked to Bob [Stoops]. Bob actually said they wanted to keep him at defensive end, but because of injuries, he was playing defensive end at 280 pounds and doing a great job for them.
They had some injuries on the offensive line and they thought about him. His direct quote when he asked the strength coach, ‘What would it take to get Lane to tackle?’ He said, ‘A cheeseburger and a week.’
Johnson went from high school QB — which were the only highlights shown by NFL Network after the Eagles selected him — to college tight end and then defensive end. But, he ultimately parlayed that cheeseburger and a week into the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft.
Maybe he will next parlay a Philly cheesesteak in an All-Pro career!
I also happened to catch this quote from Kelly and it seems to vindicate my thought that Dion Jordan would have been the pick…
Kelly commented on whether he thinks the Miami Dolphins traded up to No. 3 in the draft in case the Eagles were planning to take Oregon OLB Dion Jordan:
“I don’t know what Miami thinks and I don’t answer hypotheticals. We had four guys and we felt comfortable with all four guys. We saw the draft the same way that the other teams saw the draft. We were one, two, three, four and it went: one, two, three, four.”
This quote tells me that the Eagles had Dion Jordan rated higher than Johnson on their board, so presumably they would have taken him had he been there.
Damn you Miami!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m good with Johnson. I just really, really wanted Jordan.
I had zeroed-in on Jordan for the past month as the prime target for the Eagles. At least it sounds like they would have taken him if the Dolphins didn’t snag him out from under us.