The Oklahoma Sooners are putting on a clinic against the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry. One of the most important players for the Sooners over the past few seasons in those rivalry games has been Landry Jones. Jones chose to return to Oklahoma for his senior season and the further evaluation has led scouts to drop Jones down their draft boards.
Jones was at one time looked at as a potential first-overall pick and could have gone in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. However, now some scouts are viewing Jones as nothing more than a mid-round pick.
“He would’ve been a late first- or early second-(round pick) last year,” a scout told NFL.com’s Albert Breer. “Now, he looks like a mid-round pick, based on this early part of the year.”
Jones has the physical tools you look for in a quarterback prospect but the scouts are reportedly worried about Jones’ mental toughness.
“[Jones] has all the tools we look for in a quarterback,” said the scout, “but if he gets hit a couple times, he’s done. Lots of skill, absolutely — great size, good arm, accurate, tons of production the last three years. But he’s killing himself. … He shows he can do everything we want him to do, he just hasn’t shown he can do it consistently in pressure situations.
“He’s great if his team gets a lead early and mixes it up on offense. If they get behind, and he’s got to lead them back with a defense pinning their ears back, he struggles.”
Jones has the potential to develop into a solid NFL signal-caller but he has a lot of work to do in the eyes of scouts.