Sooner quarterback Landry Jones’ pro potential continues to pick up steam.
A trio of 2012 mock drafts from reputable sites came out this week, placing Jones in the Top 15.
While draft eligible, Jones has the option of coming back for his senior season in 2013.
Writes McShay: “It will be interesting to see how Chad Henne does behind an upgraded offensive line, and if he is unable to get the job done, Miami will be one of the quarterback-hungry teams entering the 2012 draft. We still need to study more film on Jones. Although he continues to improve and has prototypical size and the arm strength to make all the throws, to work his way up to this point, he needs to become more consistent in terms of footwork, accuracy and decision-making in 2011.”
CBSSports.com’s Chad Reuter has Jones going fourth overall to the Denver Broncos.
Writes Reuter: “Unless Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow becomes a breakout star and the team defense greatly improves under John Fox, John Elway may have no choice to pick a strong-armed quarterback like Jones.”
SI.com’s Andrew Perloff (a.ka. “McLovin” on the Dan Patrick Show) has Jones going third overall to the Cleveland Browns, behind Stanford QB Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon.
Writes Perloff: “The 6-foot-4 Jones has NFL size and arm strength and has proved a lot in college already. He threw 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season and should put up Sam Bradford-like numbers this season.”
Coincidentally, McShay and Perloff also have OU’s Travis Lewis going No. 24 in the first round — even though 4-3 outside linebackers seem to rarely get picked that high anymore.
McShay predicts Lewis to the Eagles. Perloff, the Rams.
Writes McShay: “Lewis is a quicker-than-fast weakside linebacker and one of the most productive in the nation the past two years. I’ll be interested to see after studying film how much of that is due to the scheme and how much is due to his tools, but he does appear to have the closing burst to contribute in the NFL.”
Adds Perloff: “Teams want to wait to draft 4-3 linebackers, but Lewis will be productive enough this season to overcome that handicap. The Rams could also look at North Carolina LB Zach Brown.”
Interestingly, none of the mocks have OU receiver Ryan Broyles in the first round. Even though he figures to break the NCAA career receptions record this season, Broyles could fall to Day 2 of the draft because of his 5-foot-11, 187-pound frame.