The Norman Transcript

January 23, 2013

Shinn at 3: Jones, Johnson getting good NFL looks at Senior Bowl

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and offensive tackle Lane Johnson have both opened NFL eyes during practices for the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala.

Jones is one of three quarterbacks on the South team roster, along with Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson.

“He’s had an excellent start to the week. He’s put together two solid practices,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “When you watch his fall tape, you see he has all the tools: He’s got the size, he’s got the big arm and he can make all the throws with absolutely no question. The problem you had was: could he move around and make plays when things broke down around him? We’ve seen him do that a couple times this week. Landry Jones has helped his stock a lot.”

Johnson, however, appears to have done the most for himself since arriving in Mobile. He was projected as a second-round pick when the draft process started.

“He’s solidified himself after two practices as a first-round pick,” Jeremiah said. “… He’s athletic, he can kick out and cover up speed rushers and he’s also shown surprising strength to anchor down versus the powerful bull rushers he’s seen this week. He’s establishing himself as a first-round pick and is almost a lock at this time.”

The Senior Bowl will kickoff at 3 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network.

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