NFL Draft 2013: Scout Calls Lane Johnson A Fraud

Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner tackle Lane Johnson (69) in action against Texas Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor (80) during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson doesn’t have the most experience at left tackle, but his athleticism and tremendous upside have been enough to get him consideration in the top ten of the 2013 NFL Draft. While Johnson’s stock is riding high, at least one NFL scout is not sold on the former quarterback making an impact at the next level.

“I think he’s a fraud,” an NFL scout said, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He can’t run block. I don’t think he plays strong. I don’t think he moves guys.”

That scout may not have flattering comments about Johnson, but his opinion is certainly in the minority.

It’s crazy to believe that Johnson had a vertical leap that equaled Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green’s and ran the 40-yard dash faster than San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. There is no doubt that he has elite athleticism and his ability to make an impact at left tackle in such a short time is promising.

When the draft rolls around next week, Johnson is going to be selected in the top ten. In fact, it wouldn’t be a shock if he is gone before the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock at pick No. 7.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Football, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma Sooners

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