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Oklahoma lineman Johnson leads Big 12 picks

Updated: 2013-04-26T04:17:07Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Lane Johnson went to college as a quarterback. He leaves as an offensive tackle and the No. 4 selection in the NFL Draft.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Johnson, whose football journey started as a 200-pound quarterback at Kilgore junior college in Texas.

He was moved to tight end, and that’s where major college coaches, including Oklahoma, saw him. Johnson joined the Sooners and briefly shifted to defensive end before was moved to offensive tackle as a junior.

“While it took a while to find the right position for him to maximize his athletic potential, I have no doubt that he has a huge upside,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.

Johnson was one of three Big 12 players selected in the first round, the fewest since 2008.

West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin was taken eighth by the Rams and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro 15th by the Saints.

Not selected: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Some thought he might be the first quarterback taken. That honor went to Florida State’s E.J. Manuel, who went 16th to the Bills, the only quarterback selected in the first round.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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