2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

by Cory J. Bonini on March 18, 2013 @ 17:21:25 PDT

 


Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson has played only two years at his current position. He has made the most of it, though, and should be a high pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-6, 303 pounds)
  • Very long arms (35 1/4 inches) and huge hands (10 1/8 inches)
  • Extremely athletic and versatile (has played quarterback, tight end, defensive end and offensive tackle)
  • Finishes his blocks
  • Immeasurable upside
  • Keeps his hands moving
  • Has powerful hands
  • Highly competitive and driven to improve
  • Plenty of football intelligence to develop into one of the league's premier tackles
  • Quick feet and kick-slide ability - mirrors rushers well

Weaknesses

  • Struggles with leverage based on his height
  • Quite inexperienced (only two years as an OT) - is likely to need some time to develop into an NFL starter
  • Lacks raw strength and power to drive defenders

Expected draft placement

Johnson could go as early as No. 7 to the Arizona Cardinals, and he probably won't fall past the New Orleans Saints (No. 15). Arguably the most likely suitor for his talents is the San Diego Chargers (No. 11).

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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