NORMAN — Lane Johnson has watched his NFL Draft stock skyrocket over the past three months.
The former Oklahoma offensive tackle's Senior Bowl performance and workouts elevated him from borderline first-round pick to possible top-10 selection.
Despite the initial urge to put on another full-fledged show for NFL scouts Wednesday, Johnson chose the prudent course. After all, his impressive 4.72 40-yard dash time at last month's NFL Scouting Combine didn't leave much room for improvement.
“I thought (about running) and then I started training for it,” Johnson said. “I thought I'd better not.”
Johnson and 24 other former Sooners tested for scouts at Oklahoma's annual Pro Day. With a little more than a month to go before the NFL Draft, about all Johnson can do now is interview with teams and wait.
He said he's flying Thursday to interview with the Carolina Panthers, who hold the draft's 14th pick.
“I got everything accomplished that I wanted to,” Johnson said. “Now, it's just interviews with teams. Everything is taking place how I wanted it to. It's kind of crazy, the whole process.”
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest first-round mock draft this week, and pegged Johnson going No. 11 to the San Diego Chargers.
“He deserves it,” said former OU quarterback Landry Jones, who also worked out Wednesday. “He ran one of the fastest 40s and is crazy, crazy athletic.”
Johnson has proved his athleticism beyond any reasonable doubt, but NFL executives still have questions regarding the length of time he's played offensive tackle, and other strange inquiries Johnson admitted threw him off a tad.
“Cincinnati came in there and asked me to repeat numbers backward and stuff … try to see how good your cognitive skills are and see if you have any brain damage,” Johnson said. “It was probably the weirdest interview I had.”
Johnson's story is well-documented: The junior-college quarterback came to Oklahoma as a tight end, then moved to defensive end before landing on the offensive line before his junior season.
“To me, he's like — not, obviously, in the same category as LeBron — but his body type is one of those guys that can just do it all,” said former OU receiver Kenny Stills. “You can take him out to a basketball court, you can ask him to gain 60 pounds, whatever, he's gonna do it. Lane's just done everything he's been asked.”
Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek, now a local sports radio host, was there Wednesday and spoke to Johnson, who recalled the conversation as he left Pro Day.
“I did everything I could at the combine; I did all the drills; I played at the Senior Bowl,” Johnson said. “Like Dusty Dvoracek was saying, ‘The hay is in the barn ... sit back and see what happens.'”