2013 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select…
By Ernie Padaon
Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Lane Johnson of Oklahoma (69) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl north squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
These mock drafts are going to be coming out even more and more now that the season is completed. The draft order is set and players will be shooting up and down the board depending on their performances at the NFL combines and at their school workouts.
Here is the latest edition of the FanSided NFL mock draft and their selection for the San Diego Chargers:
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT/OklahomaThanks to some great Senior Bowl practices, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is rising up draft boards at a pretty quick rate and due to some names dropping out he could go higher than expected. Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan deciding to return to college means there’s a lack of supply for the high demand of offensive tackles at the top of the NFL Draft. San Diego is going to want to protect Philip Rivers and that starts with improving the offensive line.
With the way things play out in this draft, not sure if I would have the Chargers select anyone else. Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner and Eric Fisher are all gone.
We have to see what the team does in free agency, but that biggest need is to get players for that offensive line. Lane Johnson would be an excellent addition to the team, but I am not sold on his talents and picking him with the 11th pick is a risk. He probably would be a lot better than Mike Harris.
Here is his scouting report from CBS Sports:
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