Lowdown: Johnson is an elite athlete. He was an honorable mention all-state quarterback in high school -in Texas. He placed fourth in the state meet in the shot put as a high-school senior. He then was a backup QB for one season in junior college. He was switched to tight end for his redshirt season at Oklahoma then worked at tight end and defensive end. In the spring of 2011, injuries on the Sooners offensive line prompted them to move him to right offensive tackle, where he started 12 of 13 games. He switched to left tackle as a senior last fall and started 11 of 13 games, earning second-team all-Big 12 honors. Johnson has made dramatic improvement the past two years. He has long arms, at 35 1/4 inches. (The Bills’ Cordy Glenn has 35 ¾-inch arms.) His broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches at the combine was the best by an offensive lineman in the last 10 years, which shows the power in his lower body. His 40 time was second best in the past decade (behind Arkansas Pine Bluff's Terron Armstead this year). Johnson looks like a top 10 pick, perhaps just behind left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher.
They said it: NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Johnson: "Four years ago he was a quarterback at Kilgore Junior College and then he becomes a tight end, then he becomes a defensive end, now he finally becomes an offensive tackle. The important thing to recognize -– and I'm not a big measurable guy – the tape is important to me. The tape from the beginning of the year at Oklahoma to the end got so much better. And what supports the argument that he’s going to continue to get better is his athletic ability. … There might be some teams that very quietly think he could become better than those other tackles, Fisher and Joeckel, with time, because of that athletic ability. He’s going to end up somewhere maybe in the 10 to 15 range in this draft and he has the ability to be an All-Pro left tackle."
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