NORMAN — No Oklahoma players were selected Friday in the second or third rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected former OU offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s first round, but quarterback Landry Jones, receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson remain on the board entering Saturday, when the draft concludes with its final four rounds.
The fall of Jones — considered first-round material after his junior season — is particularly stunning, considering the perceived weakness of this quarterback class.
Through three rounds, only three quarterbacks have been picked: Florida State’s E.J. Manuel (first round, 16th overall pick to the Buffalo Bills), West Virginia’s Geno Smith (second round, 39th overall to the New York Jets) and N.C. State’s Mike Glennon (third round, 73rd overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Interestingly, Jones beat two of those quarterbacks in their home stadiums. OU won 23-13 at Florida State on Sept. 17, 2011, when Manuel threw two interceptions before leaving with a third quarter shoulder injury.
The Sooners beat West Virginia in a 50-49 shootout last November, when Jones’ audible and touchdown pass to Stills with 24 seconds left sealed the victory.
USC’s Matt Barkley and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib are widely expected to be the next two quarterbacks off the board, so Jones may still have to wait awhile Saturday.