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OU's Landry Jones isn't thinking much about NFL Draft

By Travis Haney, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: December 20, 2011

— As you might expect, Oklahoma junior quarterback Landry Jones said Tuesday that he isn't yet thinking all that much about a jump to the NFL.

But he did acknowledge that the topic has at least entered his mind in December, with nearly a month between the last regular-season game and the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl.

“Maybe a little bit more,” said Jones, who this fall became OU's all-time passing leader. “You start allowing yourself to go there a little bit more. … But I've got plenty of time after the bowl game to sit down and think about what I want to do.”

Jones said he has filed paperwork with the NFL's Draft Advisory Board, but he has not yet heard back from it. Most analysts expect Jones to be projected as a mid-to-late first-rounder.

Repeating what he said a couple of months ago, though, Jones said there is no magic number — pick or round — that would cause him to go one way or the other.

“I think that's just one part of it,” he said. “I think there's a lot of different factors, for what you want to do. Do you want to come back and be a senior? Or do you want to pursue your dream in the NFL? There's a lot of factors that come into play. …

“If it's right for me to go, I'm going to go. If it's right for me to stay, I'm going to stay. I just have to kind of think about it a little bit more.”

Some say Oklahoma's 9-3 season, with Jones throwing no touchdowns in the final three games (two losses), has hurt his stock. But not much, if you look at current projections.

ESPN's top two draft analysts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, both have Jones as their No. 4 quarterback — but still safely in the first round. Jones is currently 13th overall on Kiper's board, even if the adjoined comment isn't glowingly positive.

“I still like the way he's battled in 2011, but it's fair to say his reputation outpaced his performance this season,” Kiper wrote. “Accuracy is still very good. Good size, strong arm but needs to improve footwork. Still a very good prospect.”

Jones is listed behind Stanford's Andrew Luck, USC's Matt Barkley and Baylor's Robert Griffin III on both Kiper's and McShay's lists.

With that in mind, if Jones returned, he could very well start the 2012 season as the No. 1-rated quarterback (if Barkley leaves early).

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