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Former Groveton Indian taken 4th in NFL Draft

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

During the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected former Groveton Indians football standout Lane Johnson as an offensive lineman, Johnson was the 4th pick overall.

According to a story that appeared on the NLF.com Web site, Johnson, 6'6" and 302 pounds, was among three offensive lineman taken in the first four picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-paced offense cannot thrive without athleticism along the offensive line," the NFL.com story stated. "Head coach Chip Kelly and Co. addressed that with their first pick in Thursday's 2013 NFL Draft, selecting Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson."

ESPN's Todd McShay predicted that Johnson would go fourth to the Philadelphia Eagles. Fellow draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. predicted that Johnson would go 11th in the draft and wind up with the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson's draft profile on NFL.com listed his combine score at an amazing 92.9. According to the profile, he ran a 4.72-second 40-yard-dash at the combine.

During his high school career, Johnson played quarterback for the Groveton Indians. When he started playing for Oklahoma, he was converted to a tight end and later, and offensive tackle.

""To see Lane go from playing quarterback and safety to an offensive tackle in the NFL is a pretty neat story. We've known all along and were just waiting for the combine to happen. We expected that to happen because he is a remarkable athlete," Groveton Athletic Director Kevin Parker said.

In late March, the NFL Network came to Groveton to film some footage of Johnson that they planned to use during the coverage of the draft.

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