Oklahoma Sooners Losing Lane Johnson, Crucial Offensive Elements in 2013 NFL Draft
This is not one of the most lauded Oklahoma football draft classes to come out in history, but does boast a player with a realistic shot at going No. 1 overall. Left tackle Lane Johnson comprises the savior of a group pro-bound Sooners that may not feature its next pick until Day 3.
Despite much speculation over Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel as the most probable first overall pick, the top selection continues to remain a mystery. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid visited Johnson’s workout shortly after visiting Joeckel. It’s also hard to wade through the draft noise to find the draft substance — with all the smoke signals and story-floating teams do to manipulate other teams and media — but recent reports saying that Reid considers Johnson as a finalist for the pick certainly bodes well for the Sooner.
Johnson still has plenty of room to get better, having transformed from a quarterback to a tight end, tight end to right tackle, and right tackle to left tackle — all at the college level. The switch from right to left tackle took place just before his final year, and even as relatively less refined he earned second-team All-Big 12 selection behind Joeckel.
Johnson protected draft-bound quarterback Landry Jones nicely, though when Jones was pressured it left cause for concern with the Sooner quarterback’s draft stock. Jones will likely be a later-round selection, perhaps even after wide receiver Kenny Stills comes off the board, who tallied 959 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.
On the other side defensive lineman David King, linebacker Tom Wort and safety Tony Jefferson will also try their luck on draft weekend.