Landry Jones 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Our work is never finished here at Mocking the Draft as we are already looking to 2012.  The summer will feature a lot of prospect evaluations that we will build upon during the season.

Landry Jones
6'4, 230 pounds | Quarterback | Oklahoma

First word:
Jones plays in a wide-open, fast break offense that only takes off a few seconds between plays. Because of that, Jones doesn't make a lot of the play calls and rarely runs audibles. He's played predominantly out of the shotgun, like most college spread quarterbacks. The Oklahoma offense also lines up in the Pistol formation on occasion. Gets a lot of time in the pocket. Makes a lot of his throws on quick slants to the inside but has the arm to work outside and deep.

Bold statement: Jones has the physical ability to challenge Andrew Luck as the best quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft class.

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Landry Jones
6'4, 230 pounds | Quarterback | Oklahoma

Notes:

• Jones has a compact, moderately quick release that comes from the three-quarter area.

• Has shown he can throw the ball well on the move when the pocket breaks down. His Fiesta Bowl pass to Ryan Broyles was picture perfect for an escape throw.

• While he's not Ryan Mallett in terms of arm strength, he's strong enough to be a vertical threat throwing the ball.

• When pulling back from underneath center, Landry needs to move around at a much better pace. Can be slow handing off and rolling out, giving away the play.

• Is a confident player who stepped into a tough situation at Oklahoma and was a success. Was surrounded by a great supporting cast that eased him into the starting lineup.

• Generally an accurate quarterback who can fit passes into tight windows. At times will get a little high on deep passes, but doesn't put his receivers in a bad spot.

• Will face a learning curve when he's asked to make reads pre-snap and adjust the play.

• Jones has played behind good offensive lines so he hasn't faced a lot of pressure around him. His pocket poise is something that will have to be closely monitored this season.

• Has had some trouble against zone blitzes and disguised blitzes (see the Missouri game from last year).

• Regarded by coaches a hard worker.

• Has had no issues with durability and is built to take a hit.

• Showed marked improvement in the second half of the 2010 season.
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