2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Big Blue View 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile is on Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, a player who should be one of the first offensive tackles taken in the draft this April.

Today we're going to take a look at one of the Senior Bowl week winners when we discuss Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson in our 2013 NFL Draft prospect proile. Johnson is an intriguing prospect. He's a former junior college quarterback turned talented offensive linemen.

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Pros

Johnson has good size at 6-foot-6, 302 pounds and very long 35-inch arms. Johnson is very athletic and has quick feet. He is a natural bender and plays with good leverage. Johnson has some nasty in him, but is at his best as a pass protector. Johnson has active hands and should have no issues handling the athleticism of right defensive ends in the NFL.

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Cons

Johnson doesn't have a lot of experience at tackle and it shows up at times with sloppy technique, especially as a run blocker. Johnson doesn't have great functional strength and until he gets stronger could have problems the powerful defensive ends.

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Does He Fit With The Giants?

Well the name might sound familiar to you because @nfldraftscout relayed that he heard from a Giants scout that "Lane Johnson is his left tackle". But don't read too much into that. Even if that was said that doesn't mean anything. It could be a smoke screen, and even if it is the opinion of one Giants' scout they do have others. Regardless, Johnson profiles as a starting left tackle in the NFL and until the Giants re-sign Will Beatty they definitely need one.

[Mocking The Draft Johnson Profile]

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

CBS Sports - 11th

National Football Post - 66th

Mocking the Draft - 23rd

Big Blue View Board - Just outside the top 50

Final Thought

Johnson has the length and athleticism that NFL teams desire in prospects and which is why he'll be an early-round selection. Johnson has been considered a mid-first round to early second round pick for months, so anything you hear about him being a combine riser is misleading. This guy is well regarded and should come off the board early.

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