Photo of Lane Johnson
Drafted By: Eagles
  • Round 1
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 4

Combine Results

Grade
92.9 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think he makes a ton of sense -- he's the most athletic offensive tackle in the draft. Chip Kelly's gonna run an up-tempo (offense) and maximize the number of snaps per game. He's gotta have offensive linemen that can run, that are in great shape." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 35 1/4" Arm Length
  • 303LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Colleges have been converting tight ends into offensive tackles for years in order to maximize the athleticism of outside linemen consistently facing defensive ends with speed and power. Johnson showed the chops to make this transition as a right tackle in 2011, though his search for a home position was more complex than it is for most NFL prospects.


He was an honorable mention all-state quarterback in Texas as a high school senior (and a fourth-place finisher in the shot put at the state’s track championships), and then began his college career playing limited snaps at that position for Kilgore Junior College (510 yards, two touchdowns). After redshirting his first year with the Sooners as a tight end in 2009, Johnson failed to make any statistics in seven games played at tight end and defensive end the following year. In the spring of 2011, he begrudgingly moved from end to the offensive line due to injuries on that side of the ball. He didn’t start the season opener against Tulsa, but lined up at right tackle for every game the rest of the year. Johnson continued that streak in 2012, this time at left tackle in place of the departed Donald Stephenson. He started 11 of 13 games on the left side and picked up an All-Big 12 second-team mention from coaches.

Analysis

Strengths

Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson's feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually lands multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong-arm extension.

Weaknesses

Lack of experience on the offensive line is a concern, so putting another strong season on tape will be a boon to his draft stock. Height will always be an issue when trying to get leverage against veteran pro defensive linemen, must continue to add strength throughout his frame to control and anchor.

NFL Comparison

Riley Reiff

Bottom Line

Johnson was a high school quarterback and a backup QB at his junior college for one season before moving to tight end, defensive end and finally right tackle during his first three seasons with the Sooners. He finally got his shot on the left side in 2012 and was as reliable as ever. Has athleticism, strength and solid technique.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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