David Lane Johnson (born May 8, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles fourth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Johnson was born in Groveton, Texas, and attended Groveton High School, where he played football and competed in track. In football, he was an honorable mention All-state selection as a quarterback, and was named All-district. In track & field, Johnson competed in the throwing events. He earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put event at the 2008 UIL 1A State Championships, with a top-throw of 15.21 meters (49 ft 7 in).
Johnson attended Kilgore College, a junior college in east Texas, and played quarterback and tight end for the Kilgore Rangers football team. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2009 to 2012. After redshirting in 2009, he played as a tight end and defensive end in 2010. As a junior in 2011, he switched to offensive tackle and started 12 of 13 games at right tackle. As a senior in 2012, he switched to left tackle and started 11 of 13 games and was named a third team All-American by CBSSports.com.
On December 21, 2012, it was announced that Johnson and teammate Landry Jones had accepted their invitations to the 2013 Senior Bowl. Throughout Senior Bowl practices, Johnson demonstrated impressive footwork, body control, and balance while diagnosing pass rushes and disrupting them. He was named a top standout during practice by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks and immensely helped his draft stock to put himself in the first round discussion. On January 26, 2013, played offensive tackle in the Reese's Senior Bowl and was part of Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz's South team that defeated the North 21-16. Johnson was one of 57 collegiate offensive linemen that attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed all of the combine drills and finished first in the vertical jump and second amongst all offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash and broad jump. On March 13, 2013, Johnson attended Oklahoma's pro day, along with Landry Jones, Tony Jefferson, Demontre Hurst, Kenny Stills, Stacy McGee, and 19 other prospects. During the draft process, Johnson attended multiple private workouts and visits, including the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Johnson was projected to be a guaranteed first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts and was projected be a top ten selection. He was ranked the third best offensive tackle prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, NFL analyst Mike Mayock,and NFL analyst Josh Norris.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Johnson in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the third offensive tackle selected in 2013, behind Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel. On July 20, 2013, the Eagles signed Johnson to a four-year, $19.85 million contract with a signing bonus of $12.81 million.
He entered training camp behind veteran Dennis Kelly on the Eagles depth chart. He competed against Kelly for the starting right tackle role throughout training camp. He became the apparent starting right tackle during training camp when it was reported that Kelly would miss the majority of the season after undergoing back surgery.
He made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opening 33-27 victory at the Washington Redskins. He started all 16 regular season games as a rookie and helped the Philadelphia Eagles finish first in the NFC East with a 10-6 record. On January 4, 2014, Johnson started his first career playoff game as the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints 26-24 in the NFC Wildcard game. He was ranked as the 26th best right tackle by Pro Football Focus in 2013.
Although Johnson missed the first four games of the season, he allowed only one sack in the remainder of the year and started 14 consecutive games while being graded as the second best right tackles and was ranked the 13th overall offensive linemen by Pro Football Focus. Pro Football Focus named Johnson to the 2014 PFF All-Pro Team. The Philadelphia Eagles finished second in the NFC East with a 10-6 record and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Johnson played through numerous injuries, but started all 16 games, including two games at left tackle after Jason Peters was inactive after suffering a back injury. Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson tenth best right tackle in 2015 with an overall grade of +14.5.
On January 29, 2016, Johnson signed a six-year, $63 million extension with $35.5 million guaranteed. This contract made Johnson the highest paid right tackle in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was ranked eighth in the league by Pro Football Focus. The Philadelphia Eagles finished fourth in the NFC East with a 7-9 record in their first season under head coach Doug Pederson.
Johnson remained the Eagles' starting right tackle in 2017. He suffered a concussion during a Week 5 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson remained in the concussion protocol and missed the Eagles' next game that took place five days later on Thursday Night Football. He started 15 games to help the Eagles achieve a 13-3 record and go from worst to first, finishing atop the NFC East division after finishing fourth in 2016.
On December 19, 2017, Johnson was named to his first Pro Bowl along with right guard Brandon Brooks. Near the end of the season, Johnson received an overall grade of 85.2 and ranked fifth amongst all offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus. He was ranked the top right tackle and received a $250,000 bonus for making the Pro bowl. Johnson did not attend the Pro Bowl as the Eagles would play in Super Bowl LII.
Johnson and Chris Long wore rubber masks of a German Shepherd (symbolic of the team's underdog status) after the 2017 Divisional playoff game versus the Atlanta Falcons, as the Falcons were considered favorites to win. Following the game, Philadelphia Eagles fans bought so many dog masks from Amazon that they were sold out. In Super Bowl LII, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to give Johnson his first Super Bowl ring.