Oklahoma football: Landry Jones has plenty to gain from Sooners' final games

Several lofty goals — at least a share of the Big 12 championship, a coveted BCS berth and a fourth straight bowl win — are still within reach for Landry Jones and the Sooners. But he also has a chance to improve his NFL Draft stock.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 30, 2012

His audible and pinpoint touchdown pass with seconds remaining allowed the Sooners to escape West Virginia a 50-49 victor.

Then last week in Bedlam, he led an impressive drive that allowed the Sooners to tie Oklahoma State, force overtime and ultimately win.

“Those defenses are sorry,” Pat Jones said. “If I was writing a report up, I would say they were subpar defenses.”

Pat Jones also said Landry's propensity for mental errors might concern scouts.

“That would probably be an area to question for the guys who have seen him quite a bit; not a huge one, though, because he's pretty good,” said Pat Jones, who thinks Jones will probably be a late-first or early second round pick.

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks, now an NFL.com analyst, wrote this week that Landry Jones is “the most gifted” of the 2013 quarterback class, but also its “biggest enigma.”

Brooks grades Jones as a mid-second round pick.

“While his decision-making and poise under pressure remain concerns ... I believe he has made significant strides over the past year,” Brooks wrote.

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell was an NFL assistant for six seasons. From 1998 through 2001, he was on the Colts' staff, getting an up-close view of Peyton Manning's first few NFL seasons.

“I don't think there's any question that he's playing his best football right now,” Norvell said. “That's a great thing for us, and for him, too.”

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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