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Lane Johnson thinks the Eagles like him at No. 4

Lane Johnson

Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson (69) blocks West Virginia’s Jorge Wright (99) during the third quarter of their NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Oklahoma won 50-49. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)


Two offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, are expected to be Top 5 picks in next week’s NFL draft. But they may not be the only two.

Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, widely regarded as the third-best tackle in the draft, thinks he may be going to Philadelphia with the fourth overall pick. Johnson has had a lot of contact with the Eagles, both working out for them in his hometown of Groveton, Texas, and visiting their facilities in Philadelphia. And he told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he thinks there’s a good chance he’ll be the Eagles’ first-round pick.

It’s a good possibility,” Johnson said. “What they’re going to do offensively really fits what I excel at -- up-tempo, zone offense. But you never know what’s going to happen come draft day.”

The 6-foot-6, 304-pound Johnson is a former quarterback who thinks fast and moves very well for a man his size, and those are good traits for Chip Kelly’s offense. For the Eagles, fourth overall may not be too high to take Johnson.