By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles decided to bolster their offensive line in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night as they selected Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson with the 4th overall pick.
The 6’6″, 303-pound, Johnson is a fascinating story as he was a quarterback in high school and played tight end and defensive line in college before settling in and excelling at tackle.
James Patton is now an assistant coach at Indiana University, but from to 2006 through 2012, he coached the offensive line at Oklahoma, where he helped develop Johnson.
“He’s obviously a great athlete,” Patton told KYW Newsradio on Friday. “Lane’s a great kid, great athlete, a self-made great player. Two things that come to mind about Lane that obviously every person can control is he’s got a great attitude and he’s got great effort. He’s made himself a tremendous player, played on a great team with a bunch of great players. I know he’s excited and looking forward to the challenge of being down there in Philly.”
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