“Let’s get Lane in here and let him actually take a few reps and run around a bit,” Kelly said when asked about the depth chart. “We do know that Todd has some flexibility. That’s the great thing about him because Todd has played inside and outside.
“The other thing about Lane that is great with his versatility is he’s played the right side and the left side. We’re going to let them all battle it out. They are going to win the jobs on the field.”
Johnson began his collegiate career at Kilgore College as a tall, lanky quarterback. He added 40-50 pounds of mass after his freshman season, switched to tight end and transferred to Oklahoma, where he redshirted his first season.
He switched to defensive end midway through the 2010 season, and then to offensive tackle in the spring of 2011. Johnson started 23 games over the past two seasons at tackle.
“While it took a while to find the right position for him to maximize his athletic potential, I have no doubt that he has a huge upside and will only get better with more experience playing tackle,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Lane is a special individual and we’ll anxiously follow his progress this fall along with our many other Sooners in the NFL.”
Johnson became the fifth offensive lineman — and the 13th overall player — selected in the NFL Draft’s first round under Stoops. He’s also Oklahoma’s 21st all-time top-10 selection.
“I’m kind of an aggressive player on the field, but off the field I’m a down-to-earth guy,” Johnson said. “I’m not arrogant at all. I know Philly’s a good, blue-collar town that works their tail off. Very, very passionate about their sports, especially football.”
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