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  • 04/23/2013, 02:44PM ET

Lane Johnson should be the second offensive tackle taken in the NFL Draft

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Although Eric Fisher displayed brilliant blocking abilities at the Senior Bowl this year, I feel the better overall Offensive Tackle is Lane Johnson. It is nearly a certainty that big Luke will be the first tackle taken, and rightfully so, He is a dominant force. However if you are looking for the player with the better overall athletic ability, and possibility of being a cornerstone for years to come, it is Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. Early in the season he was a relative unknown, but once he got a true handle on what he needed to do as an offensive tackle, he straight up dominated. He is only 4 years removed from being a high school quarterback, and has been a quick learner while playing multiple positions on the offensive line for the Sooners. I can not wait to see what this kid can do with the help of an NFL offensive line coach at his disposal, Scary Good!


Both Fisher and Johnson are really good so this is somewhat a case of splitting hairs, but whatevs. I'm gonna give it a whirl.

First off, I don't necessarily agree that Joeckel is the obvious number one choice, mainly because I didn't see anything from him that separates him from Fisher or Johnson, but for the purpose of this TD I'll let it go and just say Joeckel will be drafted first. I honestly believe that this may be one of the best O-Line drafts of all time; Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson, Fluker, Warmack, Cooper, even Barrett Jones... there will be quality, starter-caliber O-Linemen being selected in the second and third rounds, easily, but I digress...

Reasons Fisher should be selected before Johnson:

-Fisher is infinitely stronger than Johnson. No doubt about it. And strength is critical for left tackles.

-Johnson played on a good line, meaning his flaws may have been masked. Not so with Fisher; what you saw is what you'll get.

-Johnson' lack of experience. One year of right tackle, one year of left tackle, no HS experience. Fisher's been blocking his whole life.

-Fisher's leadership. Three year starter at Central Michigan, voted team captain.

April 25, 2013  01:18 AM ET

Nice TD topic.

April 25, 2013  01:54 AM ET

I'm offering 4 to 1 that this will turn out to be a zombie TD. Any takers?

April 25, 2013  05:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm offering 4 to 1 that this will turn out to be a zombie TD. Any takers?

HA! I would need a lot higher odds than that to take 'Not a Zombie'.

April 25, 2013  11:01 AM ET

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April 26, 2013  05:27 AM ET

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April 26, 2013  05:28 AM ET

Well, that little help attempt failed.

April 26, 2013  07:04 AM ET

Eagles!

April 26, 2013  11:20 AM ET

This TD is now OBE!

April 26, 2013  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm offering 4 to 1 that this will turn out to be a zombie TD. Any takers?

DJ's dupes aren't what they used to be.

April 26, 2013  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm offering 4 to 1 that this will turn out to be a zombie TD. Any takers?

Good call.

April 27, 2013  07:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

DJ's dupes aren't what they used to be.

I don't about that. Wasn't the bar set pretty low to begin with???

April 27, 2013  07:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't *know about that. Wasn't the bar set pretty low to begin with???

Fixed!

April 27, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't know about that. Wasn't the bar set pretty low to begin with???

Very true. Even Peter Dinklage couldn't limbo under it.

April 27, 2013  12:39 PM ET

I say Dallas takes Barrett Jones or Khaseem Greene in the fourth round, and if neither are available it'll be Joseph Randle.

April 27, 2013  10:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I say Dallas takes Barrett Jones or Khaseem Greene in the fourth round, and if neither are available it'll be Joseph Randle.

Jones wasn't available; Greense was but they passed.

Dallas did take Randle, though.

April 29, 2013  01:41 PM ET

ZOMBIE!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2013  04:53 PM ET

Infinitely stronger? No question then, I'm taking the guy with the infinite strength.

April 29, 2013  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Infinitely stronger? No question then, I'm taking the guy with the infinite strength.

Infinite strength is a major plus. ;)

April 29, 2013  05:15 PM ET

Bossman can shove that overtime up his can,
All I wanna do is put a drink in my hand,

Fill it up, throw it down,
I got a 40 hour weeks' worth of trouble to drown

No need to complicate it,
I'm a simple man

All I wanna do is put a drink in my hand

 
April 30, 2013  02:18 AM ET

I should've stuck with my guns and just said that Fisher was gonna be drafted first. I almost said it and then I backed off and just conceded Joeckel the top slot.

Dumb.

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