After the all the dust has cleared from the Senior Bowl this past week in Alabama, one thing stands clear: former Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Lane Johnson‘s NFL draft stock is high.
When looking at reports coming out from scouts, you would see nothing but buzz surrounding Johnson. They praised his work ethic, his athleticism and his overall play. Many are projecting him to go in the first round and be one of the first three OT’s taken overall.
His footwork and size, combined with his speed make him an ideal target to any teams needing either more pass or run protection. There has been some buzz with three teams being highly interested, and a report that a New York Giants scout said after watching Johnson, ” That’s my left tackle.”
With the NFL Combine and the Sooners Pro Day still yet to happen, Johnson has plenty of time to improve on anything that he needs to work on. He has only two years of experience when it comes to playing on the offensive line, considering he played tight end, and then moved to defensive end before landing on the o-line in 2011.
The lack of experience on the line doesn’t shine through much, but when it does, his problems are easily identifiable. The only thing he needs to really concentrate on is his footwork and some technique tuning. Which won’t be a problem for him, again because of the athleticism.
The official invite list for the NFL Combine will come out in early February and is scheduled for Feb. 20-26. Oklahoma’s Pro Day is still TBA, but normally is held around the second week in March.