Landry Jones 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Landry Jones
Landry Jones is a redshirt junior for the Oklahoma Sooners that has had extensive playing time since 2009.
As a redshirt freshman, he came in and was forced to start 10 games because of injuries to former Sooner star and #1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford.
It’s no secret that Oklahoma has had some successful quarterbacks come out, and Jones looks to be on track to be a first round pick.
Jones has above average accuracy between the hash marks, and is excellent when throwing screen passes, slants, and crossing patterns. His deep ball accuracy is also above average, moreso when throwing towards the middle of the field as well. He throws with solid touch on his short/intermediate routes.
He has adequate arm strength, and can make most NFL throws. Jones’ quick release is exceptional, although playing in the shotgun spread offense that he does benefits him heavily. He shows solid poise stepping up in the pocket, standing tall, and delivering passes.
Jones’ mobility is adequate for the NFL, although he will not outrun anybody. He has the pocket awareness to move around and extend plays. His intangibles are exceptional, as he is a team leader and is a intelligent student-athlete.
His arm strength can be improved, and will improve with mechanics. His overall mechanics need a bit of an overhaul as he tends to push the ball throwing with all arm, and keeping his non-throwing arm “dead”, basically not keeping it high and tight like most NFL quarterbacks.
He needs to put more zip on his passes to avoid defenders getting an opportunity to break on the ball. He won’t get away with some of his throws at the next level with the arc he puts on many of his passes.
Jones needs to improve in reading the defense, sometimes struggling to recognize the defense and not seeing a safety over the top, or a linebacker creeping in the middle of the field.
Landry Jones has the tools to develop into an NFL quarterback, but he needs work. Playing in the shotgun spread isn’t doing him any favors in prepping for the NFL, but you can only run what you know, and he does it very well.
With a good quarterbacks coach that can fix his mechanics and delivery, he could become a Top 15 quarterback in the league, and even Top 10. I don’t see a superstar in Jones, although his intangibles are good enough that he could work to become excellent.
He will likely be a Top 10-15 pick in April’s draft, especially if we see a run of quarterbacks go like in 2011.
NFL Comparison: Matt Schaub