Oklahoma Sooners’ offensive tackle Lane Johnson came into the 2013 NFL Combine predicted as a first round NFL Draft pick. By the time Johnson finished his first day of the Combine, he might have moved in to the top 10 for draft day. In the first day’s competition, Johnson absolutely dominated the events.
He finished first in the broad jump, with a 118.0 inch jump, impressive numbers for the offensive lineman. At 6-6, he has the size to dominate on the line, and as a former high school quarterback, he has the athleticism that should make him a freak when he hits the NFL. He is also freakishly fast for a man of his size, finishing second in the 40-yard dash with a 4.72.
In an interview after his 2013 NFL Combine 40, he revealed that he ran a 4.67 and a 4.69 earlier in the week, but he feels pretty good about the 4.72, which was second to Terron Armstead (4.71) of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It was also .22 seconds faster than the third fastest offensive lineman in the 40 (Kyle Long of Oregon).
“I’m the most athletic tackle in this draft.” – Lane Johnson
Johnson also finished second in the vertical jump at 34.0 inches and second in the 3-cone drill at 7.31 seconds. In the 3-cone drill, three cones are set up five yards apart, forming a right angle. This is used to test the athlete’s agility, and as expected, it was a cake walk for the impressive Johnson.
In his other two events, Johnson finished fifth in the 20-yard shuttle run with a 4.52 and 13th in the bench press, with 28 reps. While Johnson’s experience remains a concern since he didn’t transition to the right tackle spot until 2011, his showing at the 2013 NFL Combine will definitely move him up the boards based solely on his athleticism.