The Bengals were one of three pro teams that sent more than one representative to check out the Sooners who were participating. Media that attended Pro Day said that the Bengals scouts were “very engaged” with Jones.
The Bengals currently have Andy Dalton and Zac Robinson on the roster as the quarterbacks. Bruce Gradkowski, Dalton’s former backup, recently signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so the Bengals are in definite need of finding a new backup quarterback.
With both Dalton and Robinson on the roster, the Bengals are no stranger to the Big 12 style of quarterback play — Dalton having come out of TCU and Robinson from Oklahoma State. Jones ended up using his results from the combine instead of trying again at Pro Day. He was a top performer in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, broad jump and the vertical jump.
Quarterback guru George Whitfield, who has been working with Jones since his junior year, worked him through drills at pro day. The two focused on deep routes and over the middle passing. Jones ended up being 66 of 70 with only one being a bad throw.
Whitfield on Jones’ performance:
Today’s workout was representative of what teams want to see. Some of their questions about arm strength — you know a guy’s throwing 60-70 balls a game — they want to see his arm strength. They definitely want to see his agility and mobility… they may not have had the kind of season they wanted here at Oklahoma and Landry may not be the household name as some of his other counterparts are, but when they boil it all down to what’s most important, he’ll figure his way into the first round.
Jones still has a question mark in my opinion when it comes to handling pressure outside of the pocket, especially now going in at a pro level.
Whitfield still thinks Jones has a chance at going in the first round, while many other mock drafters have him going anywhere between the second and the fourth.
The NFL draft begins Thursday, April 25.