2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

by Cory J. Bonini on April 16, 2013 @ 16:45:50 PDT

 


Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones comes to the 2013 NFL Draft with almost four full years of starting experience.

Jones' Sooners career was off to a hot start as full-timer under center, replacing Sam Bradford. In 2010, Jones threw for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. He followed that up with a somewhat disappointing season by connecting on 29 scoring strikes to 15 picks thrown. As a senior, he completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 4,267 yards and 30 touchdown tosses (11 INTs).

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Profiles as a borderline starter

Strengths

  • Very accurate - has completed at least 63.2 percent of his throws each of the last three years
  • Highly productive - at least 4,267 yards and 29 touchdowns each of the past three seasons - even if it was a pass-friendly system
  • Throws a tight spiral on intermediate routes
  • Quick release
  • Prototypical pocket passer
  • NFL-caliber size (6-foot-4, 225 pounds)
  • High character - respected teammate

Weaknesses

  • Lacks athleticism - just barely enough to not look foolish running a bootleg or being rolled out of the pocket
  • Erratic accuracy downfield
  • Appears easily shaken when things don't go his way
  • Very poor pocket presence in the face of a heavy rush
  • Hasn't displayed consistent ability to make successful pre-snap reads
  • Seems to lack that "it factor" and isn't a clutch player
  • Questionable decision-maker and gambles more than you'd like to see

Expected draft placement

Jones at one point was in conversations of being an eventual first-round choice, but now he'll be lucky to come off the board during the first two days of the NFL Draft. He probably is a fourth- or fifth-round choice and will serve as a backup while he hones his skills in the NFL.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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