Oklahoma football Pro Day notebook: Landry Jones shrugs off tough start

After a rough start that included a wobbly deep ball, Landry Jones settled in to his throwing session. He threw to receivers including Kenny Stills, Cameron Kenney, Mark Clayton and former San Diego State standout Brett Swain.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: March 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

More than 20 players at least went through the measurement phase of Oklahoma's Pro Day on Wednesday at the Everest Training Center.

Plenty of the attention was on the performance of quarterback Landry Jones.

Jones did not participate in any of the skills testing portion of the event but did throw for the NFL scouts and executives in attendance.

All 32 NFL teams had at least one representative at the event.

After a rough start that included a wobbly deep ball, Jones settled in to his throwing session. He threw to receivers including fellow draft-eligible player Kenny Stills, former OU receivers Cameron Kenney and Mark Clayton and former San Diego State standout Brett Swain.

“That first ball didn't come out necessarily the way I wanted to but sometimes it happens on that deep ball stuff,” Jones said. “We got a good laugh out of it and once that was over, played ball and threw it well.

“I think it might've been just a little nerves. I tried to overthrow it.”

Jones' quarterback coach, George Whitfield, helped shape the agenda for Jones' Pro Day appearance.

“Today's workout was representative of what teams want to see,” Whitfield said. “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 wan to see his agility and mobility.”

Some of the drills had “defenders” putting simulated pressure on Jones with brooms.

Jones will be a first-round pick, Whitfield said.

“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,” Whitfield said.

FORMER OU DB SMITH TAKES ADVANTAGE OF SECOND PRO DAY

Reggie Smith returned home after the Carolina Panthers cut him in late August.

“I've been working out a while, and teams haven't really been calling me,” the former Oklahoma defensive back said.

So the 2007 preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year chose to work out for scouts Wednesday at Oklahoma's Pro Day, which went much better for Smith than his first one five years ago.

At Oklahoma's 2008 Pro Day, Smith leapt 39.5 inches in the vertical jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

Wednesday, those numbers were 41 and 4.51, respectively.

“The first time I did it wasn't great,” Smith said. “So hopefully I got good numbers so I can get some more traffic running my way.”

Smith was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, and played four seasons there, starting seven games in the 2010 season.

He signed with the Panthers last April but was cut just before the regular season began.

Other former Oklahoma players working out Wednesday were Brian Jackson, who last played for the St. Louis Rams, and Sam Proctor.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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