Some thoughts while waiting for evening and the second round, where it seems inevitable the Eagles will get a widely-projected first-rounder with their 35th overall pick.
First, I like Lane Johnson, the first-round pick. At least, I like the idea of Lane Johnson. I haven't pored over hours of tape, but I talked to Johnson and his quarterback, Landry Jones, at the Senior Bowl, and I was intrigued by the whole QB-TE-DE-OT progression. Bottom line, this was a starless draft where to get a future stud, you probably had to gamble a little. The Eagles did that.
Thursday night at NovaCare, after Chip Kelly lauded Johnson's athleticism and upside, somebody tried to throw back in Chipper's face his statement from last week, when he said there were no "can't miss" prospects in this draft. Kelly didn't back off an inch. "I'll stick with what I said last week," he replied.
The past few days, I've seen quotes from Kelly, Johnson, and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops using the term "raw," and they weren't raving about the excellent sushi place by that name on Sansom Street. Johnson faces a steep learning curve. He said Thursday night he thinks he's ready to start right away, but really, what's he going to say there, after being drafted fourth overall? "Nah, I'm gonna need a year or two on the bench"?