We envisioned all sorts of complicated scenarios and harried phone calls, but Chip Kelly said it was really pretty simple and sane.
“We had the three offensive tackles and Dion (Jordan, the defensive end Kelly coached at Oregon),” Kelly said, after telling reporters there were four players the Eagles were comfortable drafting at fourth overall. Lane Johnson from Oklahoma, the former quarterback, former tight end, former defensive end, was generally considered the third-best OT in a draft where OTs were the stars, and he became the newest Eagle Thursday night, taken with the team’s highest draft pick since Donovan McNabb arrived second overall in 1999.
The other two OTs, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel, went 1-2, as had been the buzz the previous few days. Then Miami traded up to Oakland’s third pick. In the media room, we figured the Eagles were sweating this out, wondering if the Dolphins had intentionally moved in front of the Birds to take someone new coach Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman really wanted. Miami took Jordan. The Eagles quickly took Johnson.
Asked about fielding calls from teams wanting the fourth pick, Kelly said there weren’t any, after the Raiders-Dolphins trade. So the Eagles took Johnson, whom Kelly conceded is a “raw guy, in a draft of raw guys,” but also “the most athletic offensive tackle we’ve seen.”