Lane Johnson jokingly tells reporter he used to wrestle black bears
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Lane Johnson on Thursday primarily on Friday for his speed and agility, not his hand-to-hand combat skills. On Friday, however, Johnson revealed that he used to wrestle black bears in East Texas. Johnson's skills could be useful for an Eagles' offensive line that ranked near the bottom-third in the league in sacks allowed per pass attempt in 2012.
In spite of his 6-foot-7, 303 pound frame, Johnson said during the NFL scouting combine that he is still able to execute a 360 degree dunk. Before coming to Oklahoma, Johnson played sparingly at quarterback at Kilgore Community College, where he threw for more than 500 yards and three touchdowns. In high school, Johnson also competed in track, finishing fourth in the shot put at the 2008 Texas State Championships.
Shortly after his selection by the Eagles, Johnson revealed in an interview with Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he also competed in another sport that may have helped him develop his hand-techniques as an offensive lineman.
Lane Johnson confirmed that he used to wrestle black bears in East Texas.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 26, 2013
Or at least it appeared that way for about an hour on Friday. As it turns out, Johnson was only joking.
Johnson possesses the speed and agility to elude a black bear if he ever decides to wrestle one. The former Sooners' lineman has been clocked as fast as 4.72 in the 40-yard dash. By comparison, Eagles tight end Clay Harbor ran a 4.69 40 coming out of Missouri State in 2010.
Johnson may provide immediate help to an Eagles’ offensive line that ranked 22nd in sacks allowed per pass attempt in 2012, according to NFLGSIS.com. Johnson could start his career at right tackle if Eagles five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters recovers from an Achilles injury that kept him out for the entire 2012 season.
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