MNF Review: First-round first impressions 

September, 10, 2013
Lane Johnson, the No. 5 pick in 2013, started his first game at right tackle for Philadelphia against Washington in the early Monday night game of Week 1. D.J. Fluker, the 11th pick, got his first start for San Diego against Houston in the late game. He, too, lined up on the right side. Johnson played well enough to help his team get a tough divisional road win, and Fluker learned just how hard it is to win on Sundays (or, in this case, Mondays). Each player had his ups and downs.

Unlike with most teams, the Eagles’ right tackle protects the quarterback’s blind side because QB Michael Vick is left-handed. Johnson handled this awesome responsibility well for the most part. He appeared confused at times and missed a blitz pickup early, but he held his own working against talented Washington OLB Ryan Kerrigan. Johnson took away the edge with his above-average first-step quickness and did an adequate job of holding his ground against speed to power. Although he was disruptive at times, Kerrigan did most of his damage when he worked inside.

As a run-blocker, Johnson didn’t blow anyone off the line. He did, however, ride defenders down the line whether he lined up at right tackle or inside left tackle Jason Peters when Philadelphia went with an unbalanced front. As expected, he also showed good range and did a nice job of getting into position at the second level.