Former OU quarterback Landry Jones was drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers on Saturday. And soon after, he did a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters to discuss a variety of topics.
Here’s the transcript:
Did you expect this at all?
I have no clue. I was sitting there watching it and talking to my agent Dave Young. We were going back and forth. He thought it would be between me and a couple of guys, and then I got the phone call. I didn’t even know what to say. I’m so overwhelmed and so thankful for the Pittsburgh organization for taking a shot on me and picking me up. I’m just excited to get down there.
How do you feel about coming to a place that has an established quarterback who is still in his prime?
The thing about it is, I am going to go in there and compete as hard as I can and try to win a job. At the end of the day this is going to be a great opportunity for me whether I play quick or whether I have to sit and wait for a couple years. Getting to stand behind (Ben) Roethlisberger is going to be a huge opportunity for me. He is a guy who has been established in this league for a long time and I get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. I’m just really excited to get to work with him and really excited about this opportunity.
Do you know Ben’s sister Carlee? She and your wife were on the same team right?
Yes, they played together for two or three years on the same basketball team, so obviously my wife is pretty pumped about this whole deal.
What are some of the other teams that considered drafting you? Are you surprised at maybe some of the other quarterbacks in the draft that were picked in the fourth round as opposed to earlier?
It was such a weird draft this year for all quarterbacks. I know a lot of guys, and for me, you’re expecting to go earlier, but it was a strange draft. At the end of the day, God had everything in his hands and he knew exactly where you were going to place me and couldn’t have placed me at a better organization with this team.
You said you thought it was coming down between you and some other guys for this pick. Who were you thinking?
I really honestly didn’t know. All my agent had told me was it was between me and a couple other guys. That was literally what he said. I don’t know who else they were thinking about, but I’m really happy that they chose me.
How much contact had you had with the Steelers?
Honestly none. It’s funny, I had more contact with the Bills than anybody else, so I didn’t really have much, but like I’ve been saying, at the end of the day, I was just so excited that they chose me and they picked me out.
Do you see yourself as a starter in this league?
Yes. Ever since you’re a young kid, you do see yourself as a starter. You see yourself winning Super Bowls. You see yourself doing all these different things in the NFL, so I’m just excited about being there and having an opportunity.
Is it a little bit of a disappointment to come to a place with one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he’s only 31?
It’s not disappointing at all. I was just happy to get picked up and you have to start your career somewhere. On every single team there’s going to be a quarterback that has your job and you’re going to go in there, you’re going to be respectful and do all these things and compete as hard as you can.
What part of your game do you think is your strength and what part of your game do you think needs the most work?
I think I have a lot of arm talent and then what needs the most work, mobility. Moving and that sort of thing.
You told Jon Gruden that you’re better than RGIII. Can you explain that?
I mean just as a competitor standpoint. I don’t want to go into games saying I’m not able to compete and that I’m not better than anybody. You don’t want to go up there, you don’t want to be scared of somebody as a competitor. You do think that you’re better than anybody that steps on the field. Now is that reality? I don’t know, you’ll have to play against guys. You’ll have to see different things. But from a competitor standpoint, that’s the way I’ve always thought and that’s the way I’ve been taught and raised.
Is [wife] Whitney’s career over now?
Yes. She used up her eligibility. She did get drafted to San Antonio. She won’t be cleared to play this year, but she’s thinking about doing that next year and you never know. God has a plan for people and for us and for our family on how it’s going to work, but right now we’re just focused being excited about becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler.