Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A

Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson Kept Scouts Buzzing During Senior Bowl

There has been a ton of talk on Bolt Beat about Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher at the Senior Bowl, but we haven’t shared any information on Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson.

Johnson is the other big left tackle out at the Senior Bowl that has been creating a buzz. Today, he kept the scouts and fans buzzing about his play. He stonewalled defenders and kept them off of his quarterback. He also showed off his speed and athleticism by running down a corner and forcing him out of bounds on an interception. His draft stick could rise even more during the combine, when he gets to show off his athleticism even more.

With the 11th pick in the draft, the Chargers will be anxiously waiting for a player like Eric Fisher or Johnson to fall into their laps. Fisher, Johnson and Luke Joeckel will be the top 3 tackles taken in the April draft and the Chargers will be desperately looking to find protection for Philip Rivers.

If we don’t like any of those options, we still could always draft Chance Warmack to play left guard. Or we can just throw this gameplan out the door and draft a corner or a defensive lineman.

The Chargers scouts met with Eric Fisher during Senior Bowl practices, but there had been no reference of them meeting with Johnson. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t meet with him, just nobody saw or documented it.

Here is the analysis from CBS Sports on Lane Johnson:

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, 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.

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  • Rob Base

    Joeckel and Fisher may be gone but I do think that Johnson is a good fit for the Bolts. An upgrade from Big Lazy for sure!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Almost anything is a n upgrade over the big lazy. Sad because he is really talented, just doesn’t have any motivation to play the game

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        I know I am wishful thinking here.. but with a new conditioning staff, a new GM, and a new coach… Do you think Gaither could be re-motivated to play a full season? Ideally, it would be to our advantage to get the production (that we paid so much for) out of him. I am kind of hoping that McCoy & Telesco can get through to him in a way that Norv & A.J. couldn’t. I personally think he is done, but I have seen crazier things happen. It’s sad that someone has to be “motivated” to make these kind of turnarounds, honestly. But, this is what’s in front of us… unfortunately… now that two of the best OT’s are going back to school.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Thought of this comment when I just posted about McCoy giving him a clean slate

          • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

            I was thinking that too.. Lol.

  • johny

    If Alabama CB Milliner is still on the broad on the 11th pick, I’d rather take Milliner then Johnson, but if Fisher is still on the board also it going to be a tough one to chose from one an other.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning


  • blu3ny3llow

    I for some reason think Johnson will be better in the long run than Fisher but either way id be happy

  • tbell11

    OT Eric Fisher won’t make it passed the Cardinals at 7, so that’s a bummer, but OT Lane Johnson is looking like a top 20 pick and can only get better at the combine. If Johnson does great at the combine as well, then he won’t be questionable pick at 11.

    • Sergio Quintero

      He reminds me of Matt Kalil definitely less experienced, but as high a ceiling as him, and already pretty close to Kalil as pass blocker, mediocre run blocker at this point. But priority in the offseason is to get Philip confident in the pocket again, if they do 25 ppg is a reasonable expectation.

  • Nick in PB

    The guy Johnson sounds pretty raw to me. Not sure if you want to draft a guy that’s only been playing the position for 2 years at 11? However, we may not have a choice. I do think that Warmack may be a better option at 11. He’s an instant starter at guard. Tough call.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I am with you on that… Want a sure thing with that pick at 11… Especially the first draft for Telesco

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning


    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      I totally agree Nick. Let’s not reach, just because we have a glaring need. That’s what A.J. would do. I have faith Telesco will make the right move, and fixing all of this is probably going to take more than one draft. We need to take the best player on the board, for a position we are lacking in. Having said that, I am just going off of what I read, and saw during college games, and at the senior bowl. Scouts have better information to work off of, obviously.

      • Nick in PB

        Pete, I just watched the Senior Bowl (taped it). Johnson did look pretty impressive. I still think he’s going to need seasoning at the next level but it’s obvious he impressed the scouts.