I am a big fan or ProFootballWeekly, and this is the write up they did on Lane in regards to the negatives.
"Has a thin lower body and can be challenged by power. Not explosive rolling off the ball and generating movement. Does not consistently finish blocks. Sets tall and will let defenders get underneath his pads. Can improve finishing strength--struggles some with power. Only a one year OLT starter."
As I have said MANY times, all these kids have their warts that need to be improved once they get to the pro game, and Lane has a lot of tools to work with. But the one thing that caught my attention and should concern some folks is the mention of struggling with POWER.
This was the book on Jonathan Martin coming out of Stanford, and we see this was very true with him his 1st year with the Dolphins.
Martin and Johnson are two different prospects. Martin's lack of power comes from his upper body, which was his knock coming out of school. They said he would need one season to develop strength before he'd be able to play OLT, but that he would be a day one starter at ORT. I'm sorry, but that critique was spot on. Martin was technically sound, but lacked upper body strength, and was a day one starter at ORT. Now these same things are being said of Johnson, except his lack of power is in his lower body. I've read many experts that say Johnson is a guy, similar to Martin, that needs one season at ORT to build strength, but he'll be able to handle starter duties from day one.
If our staff is confident in Martin's ability to transition full time to OLT this year, and they're encouraged by what he's done this offseason, then I think we could make a move to get Johnson and make him the ORT this year. While it would be nice to add a proven veteran like Albert, or move up to get an elite prospect like Joeckel, a player of Johnson's caliber is more than likely our cheapest and most reasonable option at this point.
I think that Ireland is going to make a push to lock down an elite left tackle to replace Jake Long, whether it be Albert or Joeckel, but at the end of the day there will be a plan "B". I think Johson is plan "B". But to tell you the truth it isn't a bad plan at all. The Dolphins need to find out what they've got in Martin. Johnson is a similar athletic type tackle that our staff will like and somebody that can motivate and push Martin.
If we're sitting at 12, Joeckel isn't there, and we can't make a reasonable deal to get Albert, then I'm 100% behind the Dolphins taking Johnson, but only if we get him at 10 or 12. I wouldn't give anything more than a 4th or 5th round pick to move up to get him. Beyond that, I'd rather have us look at someone like D.J. Fluker to play ORT.