Data Scout Notes: 2012: 2ndC/HMM...2011: NA...2010: NA
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Lane Johnson Offensive Tackle Oklahoma #69 6-7, 303 Groveton, Texas Kilgore College
Johnson was a high school quarterback - albeit a big one - who began the 2010 season at Oklahoma as a tight end before switching to defensive end midway through the season.
He then transitioned to the offensive line and started 12 of 13 games at right tackle in 2011. Johnson continued to improve, and closed his career as a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches.
Although the offensive line was the perceived weakness of the Sooner offense, Johnson was possibly the most improved player on the Oklahoma roster in 2012. A former quarterback, tight end and defensive end, he started at right tackle as a junior but moved to the left side in 2012, winning the starting job right before the season opener.
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. He isn't far behind Eric Fisher among senior offensive tackles, and enjoyed a strong week at the Senior Bowl.
He can line up on either side of the line, and his combination of length (35-inch arms), hand strength and movement skills should guarantee him a spot in the top 20 picks, possibly in the top 15.
STRENGTHS: Johnson looks the part with a large frame and long arms (35"). He has quick feet to mirror and has an effortless kick-slide. Explosive off the snap and sets up quickly, using his extremely wide base to cover a large area. He digs his cleats in the turf and lowers his butt in pass protection with the strong upper body to control defenders.
Johnson does a nice job using his length to keep rushers at bay and uses his physical limbs to eliminate defenders with his nasty attitude. He has large, powerful hands and usually keeps his hands inside. Natural bender with flexible joints, contorting his frame and selling out for blocks. He locks out and seals defenders on the edge, doing a nice job engaging in space to create run lanes.
Has the competitive drive that scouts want for the position and the upside to continue to develop at the position
WEAKNESSES: Room to pack on some more muscle to his frame and strengthen his anchor. He will play undisciplined at times and overextend himself in space, caught hunched at the wait too often. Gets in trouble when he stops his feet and his technique needs refinement. He needs to keep his feet underneath him to better sustain and not fall off blocks.
Johnson needs to keep his eyes elevated in the run game and improve his blocking angles. He plays a tad mechanical and his hand placement can get sloppy at times. He has only played on the offensive line for two seasons and is still rough around the edges at times.
COMPARES TO: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers - Johnson is taller and longer than Staley, but they have similar athletic backgrounds and the mobility that makes them impressive in pass protection and blocking on the move.
-- Dane Brugler
Started 12 of 13 games at right tackle ... had 10 knockdowns against Kansas ... did not play vs. Tulsa ... Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Began the season at tight end ... switched to defensive end midway through the season.
Played in all 13 games with 11 starts at left tackle ... named All-America Third Team by CBSSports.com ... named All-Big 12 Second Team by coaches ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
Played quarterback for one season before working out at tight end in the spring of 2009 ... completed 32 of 61 attempts for 510 yards and three touchdowns ... also had 17 carries for 24 yards and one TD.
Played quarterback and was an honorable mention all-state selection at the position ... named all-district ... also competed in track, finishing fourth in the shot put at the 2008 Texas State Championships.
Rotated between offensive tackle and defensive end during the spring of 2011 ... has added over 35 pounds since arriving at OU ... human relations major.
Draft Scout Player News
02/17/18 - OT Lane Johnson stood by his comments of calling the New England Patriots a "fear-based organization" during a return appearance on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast. "Here's the whole deal," Johnson said. "I think a lot of guys just want to be happy playing football. ... The Patriots obviously won five Super Bowls, so it's the Patriot Way to win the Super Bowl. Does that mean that everybody has to act the same way? Do the same thing? Is that necessarily the guidelines to win the Super Bowl?" In his initial interview, Johnson ruffled a lot of feathers by saying that he'd "much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls."
01/26/18 - OT Lane Johnson was quite boastful in the preseason, promising to quench the fans' thirst should the team win the Super Bowl. With Super Bowl LII on the horizon, Johnson didn't back off his August comments of "If we win a Super Bowl, I'm giving out beer to everybody." Speaking to NJ.com on Thursday, the 27-year-old Johnson said the following: "I really don't mind putting in my own money if we're going to a parade. Nobody expected it, but here we are. I'll be a man of my word. It'll be fun."
01/10/18 - RT Lane Johnson gave up just three sacks this season and earned his first Pro-Bowl invitation and was selected first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. On Saturday, he will go up against Falcons edge-rusher Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks in 2016.
"I respect him," Johnson said. "I don't fear any player anymore. But he's a good player. Quick twitch. Similar to (the Raiders' Khalil) Mack. Maybe not quite as explosive, but he's one of the more quick-twitchy guys in the league."
12/26/17 - RT Lane Johnson, who earned his first Pro Bowl invitation last week, was flagged for three penalties Monday night, including two offensive holding calls. He called the holds "ticky-tack bull----."
11/06/17 - OT Lane Johnson bruised his tailbone in the third quarter Sunday and left the game for a series before returning. It doesn't appear to be anything that is going to linger.