Lane Johnson, a rare 2013 draft success, cashes in with huge deal (Shutdown Corner)

The 2013 draft won’t go down as one of the better ones we’ve seen. That’s putting it kindly. First overall pick Eric Fisher has been up and down for the Kansas City Chiefs, at one point in his third season being moved from left tackle to the less important right tackle spot, before getting his left tackle job back. Second pick Luke Joeckel has been terrible at times for the Jacksonville Jaguars at left tackle. Third pick Dion Jordan, a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, has played just 26 ineffective games, missing plenty due to suspension. He was suspended all of last season. There are some good players from the 2013 draft, like Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, among others. But it’s mostly a bust of a draft, especially at the top. But offensive tackle Lane Johnson, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, has worked out pretty well for the Philadelphia Eagles, and they gave him an enormous payday on Friday as a reward. (It’s a big day for the 2013 draft class, because Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce got a $46 million deal Friday .) Johnson was given a five-year, $63 million extension, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 . He will get $35 million guaranteed in that deal. Johnson has been a good player but that’s an enormous deal for a guy who has barely played the valuable left tackle spot, spending most of his first three seasons at right tackle. While the Eagles gave Johnson left tackle money, they still have the great Jason Peters at left tackle so a move for Johnson doesn’t seem imminent. But the Eagles obviously like what Johnson does at either spot. Johnson has bounced back well from a four-game performance-enhancing drugs suspension to start the 2014 season. There aren’t a ton of success stories from the 2013 draft, but Johnson is one of them. At very least, he’s paid like it. – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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