Both the Times-Picayne website Nola.com, based in New Orleans, and the Chicago Sun-Times are reporting that former Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson will be meeting with the New Orleans Saints today.
Johnson came out of OU as one of the top-three tackle prospects along with former Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher. However, to be taken by the Saints, Johnson would fall to the No. 15 pick overall.
The Saints do have an open position on the line, though, after starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod went to the Chicago Bears via free agency. The 6-foot-6, 303 pound Sooner earned second-team all-Big 12 honors at the position last season.
Saints Coach Sean Payton said left tackle is one of the two positions that keeps him up at night because of the uncertainty of protecting Drew Brees’ blindside at this point.
“I look at that spot (on the depth chart) like there’s a magnet with no name on it,” Payton said during last month’s owners meetings in Phoenix. “Gray, it’s just gray.”
The Saints news comes on the heels of reports from CBS that the Miami Dolphins are “enamored” with Johnson. The Dolphins, however, have the No. 12 selection overall in the draft but are “reportedly mulling a trade to move into the Top 10,” per CBS Sports.