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March 14, 2013

Johnson’s future secure as Sooners host pro day

Jefferson makes confusing decision

NORMAN — Lane Johnson couldn’t have been in a better position. Heading into Oklahoma’s Pro Day Wednesday, there were very few questions that needed to be answered about the 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle.

So while 25 other teammates and former Sooners were trying to impress NFL Scouts at the Everest Training Center, Johnson was able to sit back, watch and even leave early for a flight to Carolina.

“I feel good,” Johnson said. “Did everything I could at the combine. Did all the drills. Played in the Senior Bowl. Got everything accomplished that I wanted to. The hay is in the barn. Now you just kind of sit back and see what happens.”

Johnson made a big enough impression at the NFL combine last month that all he did at the OU Pro Day was have his measurements taken. With him being a projected high first round pick, there was no need to go through other drills such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and group workouts.

Yet, Johnson was just happy to be around his Oklahoma teammates one last time as he waits for draft night, which he is hoping to spend in New York with the other possible first round picks.

“It’s been nice, “ Johnson said. “I have been hanging out with a bunch of them before pro day. Got to catch up on some things, see some of the young guys that are in spring practice right now. I kind of feel for them.”

The entire process has been a blur for Johnson. The Groveton, Texas native has played quarterback, tight end and left tackle in college. Despite a strong senior season, it wasn’t until after he graduated that NFL teams really began to take notice of the athletic lineman who ran a 4.67 at the combine.

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