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ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper talks about the 2013 NFL Draft, Lane Johnson and other Oklahoma Sooners

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013
ESPN Analyst Mel Kiper answered questions about the 2013 NFL Draft on Wednesday.
The draft takes place on April 25 through the 27.
Former OU quarterback Landry Jones, center, watches as Trevor Knight throws during a spring practice in March. Knight is battling to replace Jones. AP Photo
Former OU quarterback Landry Jones, center, watches as Trevor Knight throws during a spring practice in March. Knight is battling to replace Jones. AP Photo

Wanted to ask you about Landry Jones.  Last year when he was considering coming out, he was sort of thought of maybe as a first round prospect.  He kind of had a better statistically senior year than junior year, but his stock has dropped considerably.  Why do you think that’s happened?

         
MEL KIPER, JR.:  Well, I think his performance leveled off from where he was early on when he was considered to be the next Sam Bradford.  Now you look at some bad decisions, inaccurate throws.  When he gets pressured a little bit in the pocket, some things break down fundamentally. 
         
He’s got talent.  The kid’s got a lot of ability.  If you can harness that ability, develop that talent, you might have something. 
         
I think he went from being a first round potential and first round talent as a young quarterback to somebody who leveled off, didn’t progress to the point you expected, and is now considered a third or fourth round pick. 
I was going to ask you more about Luke Joeckel.  Is he pretty solidified at number one?
         
MEL KIPER, JR.:  Well, the potential movement would be a trade down.  If somebody wants to move up and get a Dee Milliner, then you would move down if you’re Kansas City and still get a left tackle.  I mean, you can move down from one to five and still get Eric Fisher, move further down and get Lane Johnson.  There’s some flexibility down to seven for them to move and still get a left tackle.  If they don’t, I think Luke Joeckel would go number one overall. 
You talked about Landry Jones earlier.  You talked about Lane Johnson a lot.  I was wondering what Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills have all kind of done to rise or fall over the last two months of this draft process?
         
MEL KIPER, JR.:  Tony Jefferson’s stock has dropped obviously from the workout.  The numbers weren’t what they were expected to be.  But he’s a good football player.  So where does he go?  I’d start thinking about him early day three. 
         
Kenny Stills, he had some inconsistencies at Oklahoma.  Had some good workouts.  Ran well.  I think he’s a three or a four. 
         
Lane Johnson is a top 10 guy.  At worst 11 to San Diego, possibly a five, seven to Arizona.  He would be six if Cleveland traded out.  If it trades out, seems like San Diego jumps in. 
         
Lane Johnson, he’s the kind of guy that has to be in the discussion even at five for Detroit.  He’s right there with Joeckel and Fisher.  It’s really a three way battle to see who is going to be the first tackle taken. 
         
You lean a little bit towards Joeckel because he’s  been there with two systems.  More experience.  Fisher is Mid American Conference competition.  Then you think about Lane Johnson, with all the changes of position, a little late developing, stronger in the lower body, improve his technique just a bit.  I think certainly his Senior Bowl week really helped him.  He can play left tackle or right tackle.  Lane Johnson is solidly one of the top 11 players in the draft.  I think he goes in the top seven right now. 
I see you have Fluker at 12 with the Dolphins.  Lane Johnson’s name has been bantered around a lot.  If neither of those two are in their plans, where do you see them going?
           
MEL KIPER, JR.:  I don’t think Fluker will be gone.  I think Fluker will be there at 12.  It would be a great bet at right tackle if Jonathan Martin can get it done at left tackle.  It will help your running game as the best running blocking right tackler to come out in years.  You could look defensive end.  I don’t think it will be necessarily a player there that will be attractive enough.  You could trade down off of 12. 
           
Lane Johnson will not be there at 12.  I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.  If Miami wants him, they have to move up to get him.  Remember, Lane Johnson can play left tackle or right tackle, but you have to move up to get him.  Fluker is a prototypical right tackle.  I do think he will be there at 12. 
 
 

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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