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Lane Johnson is the fastest offensive lineman out of his stance


We already noted that Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any offensive lineman in the history of the Scouting Combine. But many scouts and coaches say that for an offensive lineman, the 10-yard split is more important than the 40-yard dash, because the 10-yard split shows how quickly a lineman gets out of his stance. And on that score, one lineman at the Combine has Armstead beat.

Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson ran the second-fastest 40 for an offensive lineman, at 4.72 seconds, but he ran the fastest 10-yard split, at 1.61 seconds. So Johnson actually got from the starting line and to the 10-yard line three-hundredths of a second faster than Armstead.

Johnson is an interesting prospect, and surely the only offensive lineman in this year’s draft who started his college career as a quarterback: Johnson was a quarterback at Kilgore College before moving to tight end, then transferring to Oklahoma where they tried him out at tight end and defensive end before he moved to the offensive line, first at right tackle and then eventually becoming Oklahoma’s starting left tackle.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock ranks Johnson as the third-best tackle in this year’s draft. After a long and winding road to the left tackle position, he looks like a first-round pick.

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10 Responses to “Lane Johnson is the fastest offensive lineman out of his stance”
  1. dangernearing says: Feb 23, 2013 12:45 PM

    Yeah, looks could get you fired, too.

  2. pj1983a says: Feb 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    I could see some rather entertaining gadget plays being devised for this kid. Can you imagine a tackle who can throw suddenly lining up behind center?

  3. micknangold says: Feb 23, 2013 1:06 PM

    That doesn’t definitively mean he gets out of his stance faster than everyone other offensive lineman. It just means he had the fastest 10 yard split on that one 40 yard dash attempt.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 23, 2013 1:07 PM

    pj1983a says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:55 PM
    It’s been done. His name was Jared Lorenzen/Jamarcus Russell.

  5. packerfan12 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    I don’t think he has shown that he is up there with Fisher and Joeckel, but he has definitely shown that he is a top OL prospect, and you never know, he could END UP being the best.

    Definitely had a good showing with his athleticism today, and that can only help his draft stock.

  6. officialgame says: Feb 23, 2013 2:19 PM

    I love athletic O line guys and this guy will be a player.

  7. granadafan says: Feb 23, 2013 2:39 PM

    There you go, Jamarcus. Follow the lead of Lane Johnson and just become a dang lineman. You’re already bigger than many linemen in the league.

  8. baymac408 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:31 PM

    This dude I think is one of the best lineman in this draft… He’s better then just a 40 time.. My opinion he will end up being top 3 lineman out of this draft easy.. Good ones in this draft to

  9. lanjoith says: Feb 23, 2013 3:50 PM

    Please last until pick #11.

  10. kev86 says: Feb 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    Will he be available at 19? Fluker looked a little messy.

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