04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 5. OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (6-6, 303, 5SR)...A personal favorite, Johnson moved to the offensive line in 2011 and is still growing at tackle, but he flashes all the necessary skills to develop into an NFL starting LT. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Lane Johnson, OT (6-6 1/2, 310) - Since there were no NFL offensive line coaches on hand to work him out, Johnson only got measured and weighed at the pro day, and stood on his numbers from the combine. Johnson is expected to be selected in the top half of the first round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Part of Johnson's package is that he's relatively new to his position, and there could be more room for growth. He started the last 12 games of the 2011 season at right tackle, then spent most of this season starting at left tackle. Johnson said he was hearing during the season that he could possibly have first-round potential, but he was still considered raw.
''I think when you have athletic ability, it helps out a bunch and technique will come with coaching,'' he said. ''There's only so much you can do athletically but coaching, there's always things you can improve on. That's my main focus right now.''
Leading up to the draft, Johnson said he wants to improve his lower body strength and get better at getting his hands on defenders before they can do it to him. He's still waiting to find out if he'll be invited to New York for the opening night of the draft on April 25. If not, he'll either put together a party around Norman or at home in Texas. ''The hay's in the barn,'' Johnson said, ''so now you just kind of sit back and see what happens.'' - AP Sports
02/28/2013 - With the 2013 NFL Combine in the rearview mirror, we'll now start to hear stories about the things teams asked players. Like one team asking Colorado tight-end prospect Nick Kasa if he "liked girls." Or Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson -- who is being regularly mocked in the first round -- and his meeting with the Bengals, who told him to remember and repeat random things and numbers, which Johnson called "the weirdest meeting" he's ever been in.
"One thing caught me off guard. I was meeting with Cincinnati, and I went in there and they told me to remember five things. They just listed five things like a bear, a flower, a tree, a man and like a dog," Johnson said on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego. "And they told me to remember those terms, at the end of the meeting to see if I could remember them. And from that point on, they listed numbers. They said, like, 9167, and then told me to repeat them in reverse order. "So that was probably the weirdest meeting I've ever been a part of."
The Bengals' setup does have me curious, though. They've always been mocked for their frugal scouting methods, but Cincy's been on fire lately in the draft and in player acquisition. Is this bizarre memory stuff part of some new Moneyball-esque scouting approach? Is it the same thing they've been doing forever? Is this the sort of thing they do with every single prospect? Do they do this for 15 minutes? - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/23/2013 - Lane Johnson's steady rise up NFL Draft boards continued with an impressive unofficial 4.75-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine on Saturday. NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated offensive tackle and No. 11-rated prospect overall, Johnson's stated goal the day before was to break the combine record for offensive lineman. And his unofficial time on his first run would have tied Bruce Campbell's mark from 2010. However, Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead ripped off an unofficial 4.65 time earlier in the morning. Johnson enjoyed a strong week at the Senior Bowl and has been one of the fastest-rising prospects during the pre-draft process.
A quarterback only four years ago who began his Oklahoma career as a tight end, Johnson was primarily a right tackle as a junior before playing on the left side last season. Among the best pure athletes along the offensive line in this year's draft class, Johnson estimated his body fat to be 15 percent, and he lifted the 225-pound bench press 28 times on Friday. "I don't know how big a 40-yard dash comes into the draft status for a lineman, but I think what they want to see is a good 10-yard split, a good 20-yard split, showing that you have good explosion out of your stance," he said Friday. "I think it's athleticism that puts me over the top."
The 10- and 20-yard split times will be provided to NFL teams after the conclusion of the combine. Johnson's ability to line up on the left or right side increases his value. He is still a work-in-progress, but has all the physical tools to continue to develop into a solid starter at the next level. He isn't far behind Eric Fisher among senior offensive tackles. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, OLine, Three up...2. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (6-6 ??, 302 pounds). Like Fisher, Johnson is NFL-ready after a solid three days at work. Occasionally he was pushed into the backfield but otherwise he was dominant against his teammates on the South team. To be fair, the South's defensive linemen aren't quite as good as the North's, which means the game will be a nice test for Johnson as he'll go up against the guys Fisher's been facing in practice all week. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY RISER: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (South Team)...There is no question that Eric Fisher has been spectacular thus far, but Lane Johnson has also been impressive and isn't far behind Fisher in the tackle rankings. Lining up at both left and right tackle, he has looked very natural in his kickslide off the snap with a very wide base to cover a lot of ground, not lumbering or struggling to adjust to edge rushers. Johnson has only two years of experience on the offensive line and it shows at times, but his combination of length (35" arms), hand strength and movement skills should guarantee him a spot in the top-20 picks, possibly in the top-15. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, Sr., Groveton, Texas/Kilgore College, has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Offensive line: Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football
10/16/2012 - 10-15-12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: OT LANE JOHNSON, OKLAHOMA...Although the offensive line is the perceived weakness of the Sooner offense, Lane Johnson has been possibly the most improved player on the Oklahoma roster. A former quarterback, tight end and defensive end, he started at right tackle last year, but moved to the left side in 2012, winning the starting job right before the season opener. Johnson looks the part (6-6, 303) and has long arms to extend and meet the rusher at the point of attack while staying patient in his stance. Against Texas in the Red River Rivalry last Saturday, he was matched-up against projected early round pick defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat most of the day, but held his own and held the Longhorns junior without a sack. Johnson does a nice job contorting his frame to keep rushers in front of him, selling out for the block and playing with a mean streak. In only his second year on the offensive line, he is still raw in several areas, including his hand use, but he doesn't shy from using his strong hands to control rushers. Johnson is still a work-in-progress, but he has all the physical tools to continue to develop into a solid starter at the next level and my guess is he'll continue to rise between now and April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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