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Todd McShay talks Landry Jones’ NFL Draft prospects on media conference call

by Jason Kersey Published: October 19, 2012
Landry Jones and Oklahoma host Kansas on Saturday at 6 p.m. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Landry Jones and Oklahoma host Kansas on Saturday at 6 p.m. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — ESPN college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay was on a media conference call Friday to discuss various topics and draft prospects, and Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones came up.

McShay was pretty blunt in his opinion that Jones has the arm and ability to be a solid NFL prospect, but has been far to inconsistent.

Here is the entirety of McShay’s answer when he was asked about Jones:

“Landry Jones has had a roller coaster ride, really. I went back and looked just to remind myself what it was that I fell in love with initially with his game. At one point he had won 11 straight games and had won a Big 12 Championship, and won a Fiesta Bowl and was completing in that 11-game stretch close to 67 percent and was making a lot of plays and distributing the ball. 

“But he peaked then and he has not gotten better. I know in the last two weeks we’ve seen him. He looks like he’s playing with a little more confidence. But the thing that jumps out with me with Landry Jones is he has the arm. He has the ability. 

“Everyone talks about he’s a terrible athlete, and I don’t 100 percent agree. I think he can do a little more, but the statistics don’t agree.  But I think he can do a little more when there is conflict and he has to move around. 

“Bottom line is I’ve never seen a quarterback with his ability and his potential be so inconsistent with his confidence in the pocket. That’s the whole thing. I mean, there are times when he gets back there and he gets to the top of his drop. He knows where he wants to go with the ball with his initial reads and he delivers a strike. But there are a lot of times he gets back there and the defense isn’t showing what he expected, and you can just see he gets the happy feet, if you will.  He’s not comfortable. He drifts inside the pocket. You can almost — it’s almost like if you’re watching someone experience a panic attack, and that doesn’t work.”

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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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