A polarizing quarterback from the University of Oklahoma, Landry Jones was a four year starter at QB for the Sooners. We talked with Jordan Esco of the Crimson and Cream Machine, an Oklahoma Sooners community on SB Nation, about the Big 12’s all-time leader in passing yards and total offense.
Tale of the Tape
Height- 6’ 4”
Weight- 221 pounds
Can you give some background info on him and a quick overview of his career?
Jones signed with Oklahoma in 2008 and was a highly recruited quarterback out of Artesia, New Mexico. After redshirting during his first year on campus, he was thrust into action in the first game of the 2009 season when starter Sam Bradford went down with a shoulder injury. Despite a bit of an up-and-down relationship with OU fans, Jones finished his career as Oklahoma and the Big 12′s all-time leading passer.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Jones has a strong arm and is one those guys you hear scouts say can make all the NFL-type throws. He was essentially a four year starter at Oklahoma, so he has a ton of experience and that should serve him well in the NFL. As for his weaknesses, he has a tendency to freak out when under even the slightest amount of pressure. He’d make some throws, that usually ended up as interceptions, that would just make you shake your head wondering what on earth he could have possibly been looking at. He’s not a guy who is comfortable moving around in the pocket. He’s at his best operating out of the shotgun, with his feet set, and time to make his read/throw.
It seems like he peaked early in his career and didn’t really improve too much after that. Is that true? And if so, what do you think are the reasons for that?
I think that’s probably fair to say, for the most part, though he did show some improvement this past year after spending some time during the off-season working with quarterback guru, George Whitfield. As to any reason, I think he fit what Oklahoma wanted to do on offense and as a result they really never asked him to do things outside his comfort zone.
Is there a current NFL QB that you think Landry compares to?
I’ve heard some people throw the name Joe Flacco out there when looking for a comparable quarterback and I think that’s pretty fair. Their skill-sets are somewhat similar, but at the same time it’s hard to really make that comparison while Flacco has his team in the Super Bowl. I’d go back to what I mentioned earlier when discussing Jones’ weaknesses, he simply won’t last very long in this league if he continues to make the same kind of mistakes with the ball he did while in Norman.
How do you think he projects to the NFL?
He has all the physical talent to make it in the NFL, but in my opinion his success or lack thereof will depend almost entirely on his mental abilities. He has to avoid those unforgivable turnovers and put those around him in position to be successful. He definitely won’t be ready to carry a team on his shoulders any time soon, but I also don’t think anyone expects him to be drafted high enough for those kind of expectations either.
You can follow Jordan on Twitter @Jordan_Esco.