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

1. A 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, roughly the same size as Gabbert. Unlike Boise State's returning All-American Kellen Moore, only 6-foot tall, Jones has prototypical size of an NFL quarterback.

2. Arm strength. OU's offense, while not exactly pro style, requires the quarterback to make NFL throws. Jones has proven he can make those throws.

3. No red flags when it comes to injuries or durability.

4. Bradford's rookie success. NFL franchises like going back to wells that produce — just look at the recent run of USC quarterbacks.

5. A considerable body of work, which should comprise 37 starts at the end of next season. Track record is a trait NFL scouts covet in quarterbacks.

Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki is among those who believe Jones has first-round potential.

“He looks the part with a very strong arm, good accuracy and physical tools to harness,” wrote Nawrocki, who has Jones as the second-best returning pro quarterback prospect, behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick for the 2012 draft.

“He knows where to go with the ball, throws accurately on the move and has appeared more confident and composed.”

Jones could stay for his senior season. But should he come out next year, he'll be part of a strong quarterback draft class.

Some believe Luck is the top quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning. USC's Matt Barkley, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Arizona's Nick Foles and OSU's Brandon Weeden will be first-round contenders, as well.

But, as Switzer predicted, Jones figures to be right there with them.

"He's already shown he's an excellent quarterback,” Stoops said.

“But he has a chance to be one of those elite guys.”


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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