Former KC Ranger off to NFL Draft

Staff Writer

The big uglies working the offensive line aren’t always the most appealing players in the NFL Draft, but tell that to Oklahoma Sooner offensive tackle and former KC player Lane Johnson who impressed scouts during this past week’s Senior Bowl.

Johnson played one year at KC back in 2008 and his only involvement working with the offensive line was standing under center as a quarterback.

During his quarterback campaign at KC, Johnson was listed at 6’6 230 pounds. According to the official University of Oklahoma athletic website Johnson has put on necessary weight, now coming in at 303 pounds.

Johnson completed 32 of 61 attempts, at KC, throwing 510-yards and three touchdowns. He also had the opportunity to run the ball, rushing for 24 yards in 17 attempts and one TD.

During KC’s 2009 spring off-season, Johnson was moved over to tight-end until he transferred to Oklahoma where he played multiple positions. The Sooners lined him up as a tight-end, defensive end, right tackle his junior year. His senior year he found a home at left tackle.

This year Johnson was named Third Team All-American by, All-Big 12 Second Team by coaches and Academic All-Big 12 First Team. has Johnson as No. 11 in its Top NFL Draft Prospects and No. 3 of all offensive tackles behind Texas A&M’s Luke Jockel, who is predicted to be this year’s No. 1 overall pick, and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher.

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