Each Wednesday, the SB Nation NFL team sites explore a special theme. This week's theme is: Which offensive lineman on your team would make the best skills position player?
And for the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer is simple: Lane Johnson.
Center Jason Kelce, at a spry 295 pounds with a history of second-level speed, makes for an intriguing candidate. What he lacks in power against beefier foes in the trenches he more than makes up for with athleticism, and there’s a lot of potential there for some kind of power back/fullback role, especially on sweep plays. Give him a thick number like 48 and get him in the flats. That’s a bruiser.
Johnson, however, is the obvious choice, and as funny as this whole scenario is, Lane as a skill position player, specifically a tight end, would be no joke. They called Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen “Baby Gronk” in honor of Rob Gronkowksi, but Johnson would be “Daddy Gronk” at 6-foot-6, 317 pounds. The guy played tight end at the University of Oklahoma before converting to defensive end (and then tackle), so he’s got the chops to make a switch, and don’t tell me you couldn’t throw him in goal-line packages as a Zach Ertz complement.
Give him a few years to shed some weight, and this would be a feasible reality ...
“Starting at tight end ... from Oklahoma ... Laaaaaaane Johnsonnnnnnnn!”
[BLG note: this week’s theme was inspired by this Marshall Newhouse play.]