Lane Johnson: Interview with the Bengals “the Weirdest Meeting I’ve Ever Been A Part Of”

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is over and Lane Johnson has walked away from Indianapolis as a potential top-10 pick. The Oklahoma offensive tackle put on a solid performance, ranking second among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (for what it’s worth for an o-lineman). Naturally, the San Diego Chargers, who pick 11th and gave up 49 sacks last season, are taking notice. Apparently the Cincinnati Bengals are, too, and they have an interesting way of showing it.

Lane Johnson joined Darren Smith on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego to discuss his experience at the NFL Scouting Combine, his performance in Indy, media and team interviews at the Combine and the possibility of joining the Chargers.

On what he was looking to prove at the Combine:

“I just wanted to show people that I’m not as raw as some people may think I am. I wanted to show, obviously, my athleticism in drills, and just trying to get to know some of the coaches and stuff with the interviews. So all of those things took place and I’m glad to be done with it now.”

On if he’s satisfied with his Combine performance:

“I expected to do a little bit more on bench press, but no excuses. I went out there and did the best I could and I’m happy with what I accomplished.”

On being prepared for media and team interviews:

“At Oklahoma we’re kind of used to talking in front of the media. We’ve had media trainers. As far as the interviews, I actually met with Ken Herock, who was an ex-GM for the Falcons. So we basically did mock interviews and he told us basically what was going to be going on in those meetings, and what kind of things to expect. So I kind of had an idea of what to expect heading to the Combine.”

On a strange meeting he had with the Bengals:

“One thing caught me off guard. I was meeting with Cincinnati, and I went in there and they told me to remember five things. They just listed five things like a bear, a flower, a tree, a man and like a dog. And they told me to remember those terms, at the end of the meeting to see if I could remember them. And from that point on, they listed numbers. They said, like, 9167, and then told me to repeat them in reverse order. So that was probably the weirdest meeting I’ve ever been a part of.”

On his meeting with the Chargers:

“We talked about my transition from quarterback to lineman and things like that. Got to meet them and understand them a little bit more. Obviously San Diego is some of the prettiest weather that you can get and a great place. I’m looking forward to taking a visit out there.”

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