Landry Jones holds most of the Oklahoma Sooners’ passing records, but no one expects him to make much of a dent in the 2013 NFL Draft. The arguments against him are numerous. Despite his high numbers, he grew more inconsistent as his career went on. While he holds the records, he was never seen as good as Sam Bradford, the man he followed, and Bradford has yet to set the NFL on fire. Plus, outside of Bradford, no Sooners’ quarterback under Bob Stoops has made it in the NFL.
However, there are positives. He has good size for the NFL, at 6-3, 220 pounds. He is a pocket passer with good vision, and despite the arguments that he is inconsistent, his percentage numbers went up in his senior year to a career high 66.1-percent. He is also deadly accurate, throwing 30 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions in his senior year. He is not mobile, which is seen as a negative in today’s NFL, but he is smart and can play well in the right environment.
The question is whether Jones can handle the pressure when 300 pound NFL defenders are coming at him.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, there are a lot of quarterbacks ranked ahead of him, and in a year where the quarterback quality is considered low, that is not a good sign. Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Tyler Wilson should all go ahead of him and none are projected to be a first day pick.
Landry Jones’ draft position will be determined on when the prior quarterbacks go, and he will head to a team as nothing more than a backup, or more likely a third stringer who will have to prove himself in training camp.
Landry Jones 2013 NFL Draft Projection: 3rd Round