With the offensive lineman finishing their combine today, one prospect in particular stood out as a “workout warrior.” And it was none other than Oklahoma’s tackle Lane Johnson. I predicted he would have a great combine, after flying under the radar, with the likes of Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and D.J. Fluker garnering most of the attention. However, despite these big name players, Johnson had the best workout of them all. He wowed scouts with both his athleticism and speed, as he stole the show in the 40-yard dash running a 4.72. However, it was not the actual 40-time that impressed the scouts but his blazing 10 yard-split running an official time of 1.61 which was the best time at his position.
Johnson not only killed the 40-yard dash, but the other tests as well. In the vertical leap, Johnson showed his hops by registering a 34-inch vertical, amassing 28 reps on the 225 pound bench press, and 9 foot 10 inch broad jump. In my opinion, this was by far one of the best offensive lineman workouts in recent memory, rivaling former Oakland Raiders tackle Bruce Campbell’s impressive output. Just ask NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah, as he had this to say regarding Johnson’s combine:
My take away from today, I think it’s the story, is the Lane Johnson train, has just continued to leave the station, and he’s just continuing to climb up higher, higher, and higher. I think he’s got a real chance of being a top ten pick, at this point in time. I just think you don’t see stuff like this very often, and he has the tape to match up what we saw out here.
Due to Johnson’s stellar performance, it seems highly unlikely that the San Francisco 49ers will have an opportunity to draft this stud, as he most likely solidified his draft stock as a top 15-20 pick. And with tackles being a premium, you can be sure his value as shot up draft boards as everyone loves big and athletic tackles.