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Oklahoma football: Sooners' Lane Johnson decides not to work out for NFL scouts

OU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma offensive lineman Lane Johnson has skyrocketed up NFL Draft boards lately. Johnson wowed scouts and coaches during the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, but he decided to not go through drills at OU's Pro Day.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 13, 2013
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/articleid/3765458/1/pictures/1980864">Photo - Quarterback Landry Jones, left, and offensive lineman Lane Johnson, right, talk before Oklahoma's NFL football pro day, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) ORG XMIT: OKAA108
Quarterback Landry Jones, left, and offensive lineman Lane Johnson, right, talk before Oklahoma's NFL football pro day, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) ORG XMIT: OKAA108

“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.'”

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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