OU's Landry Jones stacks up well with NFL Draft first rounders, has factors to be a high pick

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: May 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm •  Published: May 1, 2011

Back in August, Barry Switzer took in one of Oklahoma's two-a-day practices alongside Bob Stoops. Together, they began eyeballing quarterback Landry Jones.

“He's sitting there for about a half-hour and says, ‘Bob, this guy is going to be a first-round draft pick,'” Stoops recalled Fiesta Bowl week. “He, you know, evaluates talent pretty well. ... and that was his assessment of watching a second-year guy, watching his ability and talent."

Before long, Switzer could be proven right.

Considering how high Washington's Jake Locker (eighth overall) Missouri's Blaine Gabbert (tenth) and Florida State's Christian Ponder (twelfth) went over the weekend in the NFL Draft, Jones certainly has the chance in 2013 — or 2012 — to join Sam Bradford as Sooner quarterbacks drafted in the first round.

After all, despite being two years younger, Jones outplayed Locker, Gabbert and Ponder last season, while leading the Sooners to a 12-2 record. Jones threw for more yards and touchdowns, completed a higher percentage of passes, and claimed — by far — the best quarterback rating of the four.

Sure, Jones benefitted from a superior supporting cast. He also had a couple of mediocre performances earlier on, notably at Missouri, in which Gabbert outperformed him.

But there's no denying that Jones progressed rapidly the second half of the season, propelling the Sooners to thrilling wins at Oklahoma State, Nebraska in Big 12 Championship and Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

"He's really come a long way,” Stoops said. “He's a hard worker, he's talented, he's got a great arm.”

Jones may not be the can't-miss pro prospect that Bradford was. Or Cam Newton appears to be.

But Jones has several factors working in his favor that could ultimately help make him a first rounder:



JONESIN' FOR A QB?

Here's a look at how Landry Jones' 2010 season compared with this year's first round QB draft picks:

Draft Pick — Name — School — Ht./Wt. — Pct. — Yards — TD — INT — Rating — Rank

TBA — Landry Jones — Oklahoma — 6-4/230 — 65.6 — 4,718 — 38 — 12 — 146.30 — 24

No. 1 — Cam Newton — Auburn — 6-5/248 — 66.1 — 2,854 — 30 — 7 — 182.05 — 2

No. 8 — Jake Locker — Washington — 6-2/231 55.4 — 2,265 — 17 — 9 — 124.20 — 73

No. 10 — Blaine Gabbert — Missouri — 6-4/234 — 63.4 — 3,186 — 16 — 9 — 127.03 — 64

No. 12 — Christian Ponder — Florida State — 6-2/229 — 61.4 — 2,044 — 20 — 8 — 135.81 — 44

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