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.