Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson was a high school quarterback, a late bloomer -- and in the last few months has become one of the hottest prospects for this week's NFL Draft. Oh, and in the meantime he also squeezed in a wedding with his sweetheart and made cross-country trips all over the place preparing for the combine and draft and then visiting NFL teams.
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So for Johnson, on some levels, his football honeymoon will begin Thursday night when he finds out how high he was selected in the first round. Then, again, his actual honeymoon remains to-be-determined.
"I don't actually have that set up just yet," Johnson said before crediting his accommodating wife for going along on this wild ride with him. "I'm thinking maybe sometime in July, when players have some time off, but I'm not really sure just yet."
Excuse Johnson if his personal life has had to take a backseat to his budding pro career.
"It's all been kind of a blur," he said of the last four months. "I got married, got on a plane the next day for the Senior Bowl and then went to work out for the combine and then spent the last few weeks visiting teams, and now we're getting ready for the draft. It's been a blur."
Johnson and his family will attend the festivities in New York this week, and it shouldn't be too long before he hears his name called. This draft will be dominated by the linemen early on, with tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher possibly going with the top two picks, and Johnson and Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker meriting top-10 consideration as well (along with two guards).
If Miami does not make a trade for Chiefs tackle Branden Albert, then it's hard to see Johnson falling any deeper than 12th overall to the Dolphins. The Chargers (11th overall) and Cardinals (seventh overall) are also high on him.