NFL Draft: Oklahoma's Lane Johnson used to rapid change

Lane Johnson, a former quarterback, tight end and defensive end, finally found a home at offensive tackle two years ago. He's seen his draft stock rise drastically and was one of several former Sooners invited to the NFL Combine.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 7, 2013

Johnson's old quarterback knows a thing or two about criticism; Landry Jones had a solid week of Senior Bowl practices, but completed only 3 of 9 passes for 16 yards, with three sacks, in the game.

ESPN.com NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., said in a recent media teleconference that he sees Jones going in the “third-to-fifth round area.”

Stills and Jefferson, a receiver and a safety, respectively, are each generally mid-round projections after opting to forgo their senior seasons and enter this year's draft.

Wort, a linebacker, surprised several people by choosing to skip his senior season after a disappointing junior campaign, during which he only recorded 53 tackles and two sacks in new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' unfamiliar system.

McGee, meanwhile, ended his college career in the most disappointing of fashions; he was suspended for the Sooners' Cotton Bowl loss after a late-December DUI arrest, and spent the first half of last season suspended for violating team rules.

Johnson is the only former Sooner projected as a high pick; in ESPN's recent mock drafts, Kiper slotted him going 16th to the St. Louis Rams, and Todd McShay has at No. 11, going to the San Diego Chargers.

“They were pretty wowed by all the positions that I've played,” Johnson said of NFL scouts.

“I want to show them I have the fundamentals and technique down to play tackle well. I'm not a raw prospect by any means.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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COWBOYS AT THE COMBINE

Three Oklahoma State football players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-26. Only two of those players will be going, however.

Junior running back Joseph Randle and kicker/punter Quinn Sharp will be attending the combine.

Cowboys receiver Tracy Moore was also invited, but will not be going. Moore, the Cowboys' top returning target in 2012 before sustaining a season-ending ankle injury in October, is expected to receive a medical redshirt and return in 2013.

The combine is held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Field. The NFL Draft is April 25-27.

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