At last month’s NFL Combine, a reporter asked Landry Jones which game tape scouts should watch to best understand his ability.
The former Oklahoma quarterback chose last year’s 50-49 win at West Virginia.
“It went back and forth all game, and we came out on top in the end,” Jones said.
That November night in Morgantown, Jones passed for a school-record 554 yards, threw six touchdowns and called a clutch, fourth-down audible that set up his game winning touchdown pass with under 30 seconds left.
He also outshined Mountaineers’ signal caller Geno Smith, who is currently considered the best quarterback available for April’s NFL Draft.
Jones will work out Wednesday at Oklahoma’s annual Pro Day inside the Everest Training Center, where he’ll work to convince NFL representatives that he’s still the first-round caliber quarterback many considered him to be a year ago.
Jones was a projected first-round pick after his junior season, but decided to play one more college season.
On the field, Jones’ senior year clearly eclipsed his junior season. He recorded more touchdown passes with a higher completion percentage, and threw fewer interceptions.
His draft stock plummeted, though, even in a 2013 quarterback class considered weaker than last season’s that produced Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.
The quarterbacks currently projected as first-round selections this year are Smith and — in some mock drafts — USC’s Matt Barkley, who like Jones chose to return for his senior season.
“It’s definitely a wide-open year,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of guys with a lot of talent. The further we get into this process ... there’s gonna be somebody that puts himself ahead, and I think it’s gonna be the guy that works the hardest and the guy that wants it more.”
Since his OU career ended, Jones has generally been projected as a third-to-fifth round selection. In a quarterback class like this one, though, anything could happen between now and draft day.
ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper Jr. currently has Jones pegged as the third-best quarterback in the draft, behind Smith and Barkley.
“There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He’s a first-round pick,’ ” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told the Kansas City Star last month. “There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group.”
One frequent criticism Jones has faced stems from the spread offense Oklahoma ran throughout his record setting college career. He rarely took snaps from under center, and the Sooners are a no-huddle team.
“I think sometimes you get misconceived about playing in the spread,” Jones said. “I know the Oklahoma offense in and out, and I won’t have a problem learning an NFL offense.
“I’m just trying to be the best player I can be, whether that’s the first quarterback taken or the last quarterback taken.”
OU Pro Day participants
Jaydan Bird, linebacker
Derrick Bradley, wide receiver
Justin Brown, wide receiver
Daniel Franklin, deep snapper
Javon Harris, defensive back
Lamar Harris, defensive back
Demontre Hurst, defensive back
Joseph Ibiloye, linebacker
Brian Jackson, defensive back**
Tony Jefferson, defensive back
Lane Johnson, offensive lineman
Landry Jones, quarterback
David King, defensive lineman
Jamarkus McFarland, defensive lineman
Stacy McGee, defensive lineman
Joel Ossom, fullback
Patrick O'Hara, kicker
Jesse Paulsen, defensive back
Sam Proctor, defensive back*
Kenny Stills, wide receiver
Reggie Smith, defensive back***
Casey Walker, defensive lineman
R.J. Washington, defensive lineman
Tress Way, punter
Dominique Whaley, running back
Tom Wort, linebacker
* — Proctor is a former OU player who participated in OU's 2012 Pro Day.
** — Jackson is a former OU player who last played for the St. Louis Rams.
*** — Smith is a former OU player who last played for the Carolina Panthers.