Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has fallen on hard times lately. The latest example came at home in loss at the hands of Kansas State Saturday night when his fumble and interception cost his Sooners the game and most likely a chance at the national championship.
Jones returned to Norman for his senior season and turned down the opportunity to be selected in the NFL draft. At one point Jones was viewed as the consensus #2 quarterback in the nation by pro scouts behind Andrew Luck of Stanford.
However, an inconsistent junior season that hit rock bottom after the loss of his top receiver, Ryan Broyles, saw his draft stock plummet and prompting his smart decision to return to school to try and boost his draft stock.
Through three games this season, Jones has not established himself as a first round pick in the draft and looks more like a day two pick in my opinion.
He has the prototypical size you look for in a quarterback (6’4’’, 218), but lacks the intangibles and the “it” factor that teams need from the quarterback position.
His career peaked as a sophomore when he took over full-time for the departed Sam Bradford after playing extensively his freshman season for an injured Bradford. In his sophomore campaign he led the Sooners to a Fiesta Bowl victory and career highs in every meaningful passing statistic.
The bright side for Jones is that he still has a number of marquee games remaining on the schedule to prove to pro scouts that he has the mettle to get his team back in the Big 12 race.
A win over Texas in two weeks would go a long way toward his redemption song.
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