About three weeks ago I wrote this article about Landry Jones, that contained the following:
“Because he doesn’t have explosive physical talent or elite accuracy, you’re always going to be wondering whether he can cope with a much more demanding system and whether he’ll stand out. Teams will gamble on a Jake Locker ‘getting it’ because he looks like John Elway physically if not necessarily in terms of performance at this early stage in his career. Teams won’t always gamble on a guy with all the yards and scores you’d ever want, but with a lingering concern that without his vast array of swing passes and screens he’ll just be found out.”
When he faced Blaine Gabbert’s Missouri in 2010 with Oklahoma the newly crowned #1 team in the nation, Jones was very much the second best quarterback on display.
Tony Pauline has graded Jones as a round four level talent.
Our guest blogger Daniel also had some issues stating, “Jones runs hot and cold. When he’s hot, I think “yeah, this guy could go in round 1″ but he’s cold way too much to actually be worth that grade. Even if he improves this year I would remain skeptical. I think, ironically, Jones will be given the benefit of the doubt in terms of the “spread offense” he plays in due to the success of Bradford and a few other QBs in the NFL. In truth, he looks much less developed playing in the same offense as his predecessor and I firmly believe that at another college he would be viewed as a guy with a big arm who is inconsistent and inaccurate.”
Landry Jones is not an elite quarterback prospect, whether that’s on a physical grade, accuracy grade or playmaking grade. He plays in a system that provides mass production and he is a product of that winning scheme. He is alongside a group of other quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill jostling to be the second level guys teams looks at if they don’t get a shot at the big two of Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley. Let’s not mess around here, there’s a grand canyon’s difference in talent between Luck and Barkley and the rest – including Jones.
In an era when Christian Ponder is worth the #12 pick, I think there’s every chance Jones will also be drafted above his means and be a high round one pick. He’s not worth top end grades, not yet anyway. Having had the opportunity to watch Geno Smith (QB, WVU) again this weekend, I’m wondering whether he’s worth a higher grade than Jones.
Sam Bradford’s success should play no part in discussing Jones, but I can’t help but feel his excellence is vaulting Jones above his means. The pair are unrelated apart from the fact they attended the same school. Bradford won a Heisman at OU, dominated in such a smothering fashion and was quite frankly sensational. Jones doesn’t even scratch the surface in comparison.
I don’t want to sound too repetitive, but there are two franchise quarterbacks who will be eligible to declare for 2012. There’s some depth after that and teams may well find a star. We could see a late flourisher or a player may emerge from nowhere (see: Cam Newton). Even so, I wouldn’t want to be spending much more than a R2 pick on anyone other than Luck and Barkley at this stage.