It’s not every day when an NFL player says that he used to wrestle black bears.

So when Eagles first-round draft choice Lane Johnson said that, it immediately led to several follow-up questions, such as what kind, how big, how did he do, and would he continue to do it?

“It depends on the stipulations in the contract,” Johnson said. “I don’t think they’d approve of that, but yeah, I used to wrestle bears in my spare time.”

When asked about those comments, Johnson’s stepfather, James Evans, said they were hogs, and it was on the ranch he owns in Groveton, a small town in east Texas. Johnson later admitted that he never wrestled a bear, that he made the story up.

They both insisted that Johnson did wrestle hogs.

“We used to do a lot of hog hunting, and they’re a lot like a black bear,” Evans said. “They get to be 500 pounds. We’d catch them, hold them, tie them up. We’d cut them and let them back loose. Black bear and hog, they’re about the same size. A hog is a little more dangerous than a black bear.”

The Eagles, of course, drafted Johnson fourth overall Thursday night because of his ability to wrestle defensive ends, not bears or hogs.

For this, Johnson said he’s well equipped.

Much of that stems from his athleticism. Johnson was a 6-foot-6, 230-pound quarterback at Kilgore Junior College and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He switched to tight end later in his freshman year there, and was immediately offered scholarships to major FBS schools.

Johnson then went to Oklahoma, weighing 250 pounds. He was moved to defensive end and was practically starving himself to stay at 280. Then after injuries decimated the Sooners’ offensive line, Johnson moved to tackle.

He was encouraged to add more weight and quickly ballooned to 300 pounds while still maintaining his athleticism. Johnson was timed at 4.72 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, by far the best time among tackles.