Our insider scouting report series continues this morning as the 2013 NFL Draft continues to drift closer. To get a better look at some of the potential targets for the Miami Dolphins next week, we have been turning to the managers of SB Nation's college blogs, going to the source for the best information on each prospect.
We shift from potential targets for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to someone who could be protecting Tannehill next season. We get a look at Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson from M. Hofled over at Crimson and Cream Machine.
Lane Johnson is a fantastic college success story that proves the old saying, "hard work pays off." An all district quarterback from Groveton, TX, Johnson went to Kilgore College, his freshman year, to play quarterback. After completing 52% of his passes in 2008 he began the transition to tight end in the spring of 2009, and that's where Oklahoma came into the picture. He signed with the Sooners as a JUCO tight end in 2009 and sat that season out as a redshirt. He began the 2010 season as a tight end but mid-way through he switched sides of the ball to become a defensive end.
When OU fans finally got to see him on the field in 2011 he was playing his fourth collegiate position and had finally found his place at the offensive tackle position. He started twelve games in `11 at right tackle and then switched to left tackle for 2012 where he became a 3rd team All-American and and 2nd team all-conference selection.
A smart kid, Academic All-Big 12 in 2011 & 2012, Johnson is a regular in the film room to study opponents. You can't question his work ethic, nor his willingness to be a team player, as he's bounced around from position to position to fit the team needs. He's always had a big frame at 6-7 but he also added 35lbs during his time at OU.
A power blocker, who is very quick on his feet, Johnson regularly recorded knock-down blocks, including a career-high 10 against the Kansas Jayhawks in 2011.
Thank you to Hofeld for sharing his take on Johnson with us. Make sure you check out Crimson and Cream Machine for more from the Sooners.