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April 24, 2013

Johnson could be top-pick in NFL draft

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MOORE —

The difference between them and Johnson is they had at least played offensive line before they got to college and made the move to the offensive line as freshmen.

“When we recruited and signed Lane, we did so just on what a big athlete he was, not having an idea where he’d end up growing,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “It’s like the whole journey… He was starving himself to play at 270 to play defensive end. I asked (strength and conditioning coach Jerry) Schmidt how long it would take him to get to 300 pounds. He said about a week and a cheeseburger. It didn’t take him long.

“Sometimes with these big, long guys that are really athletic, you don’t know when they’re going to stop growing. Everybody here is excited for Lane. He’s worked hard, too. He’s always been one of our best workers in the weight room, sprints, running. I knew he’s run well. That didn’t surprise any of us. He’s worked hard, too, to put himself in his position.”

The 4.72-second 40-yard dash he ran at the NFL Combine, coupled with the 34-inch vertical leap, 118-inch broad jump and 4.52-second time in the 20-yard shuttle drill displayed the athletic ability teammates have been talking about for several years.

“We told you,” OU offensive lineman Gabe Ikard said. “He’s a guy who has earned everything he’s gonna get and has worked very hard for it. You don’t see guys go from junior college quarterback to top-10 pick at left tackle very often. You have to be pretty special to do that.”

Everyone will find out how special Thursday.

Draft Status The selections begin at 7 p.m., Thursday in New York. The second round through seventh round will take place Friday and Saturday.

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