Landry Jones QB Oklahoma #12
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Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall built. Below average athleticism. He looks awkward trying to avoid pressure and doesn’t move well within the pocket.
Arm strength/Accuracy: All his physical traits are adequate, but nothing special. He can make every throw on the field but he does not have the elite zip on his passes than can make a quarterback stand out. His accuracy is fairly consistent, but it breaks down when he needs to rush his delivery or make throws with the pocket collapsing when e can’t step into his throw.
Footwork/Release: Give him time, and everything goes smoothly. But once the pocket starts to collapse he panics, and he does so far more often than a quarterback with his experience should. His ability to maintain his fundamentals under pressure never really developed, despite plenty of experience. Struggles moving within the pocket. He just doesn’t have the athleticism to move smoothly in tight spaces while keeping his eyes downfield.
Decision making: When given time, he’s patient and can read defenses. However, under pressure he panics and makes quick decisions without seeing the field.
Intangibles: Four-year starter but showed minimal development.
Durability: Extremely durable throughout his career. No known issues.
Comments: Jones is exceedingly average in every aspect of his game. He meets all the basic minimal requirements and may even have slightly above average arm talent. However, his lack of development in college is really concerning. He just never took his game to the next level, primarily due to his inability to handle pressure. When he stands in a clean pocket, he can look like a Hall of Famer, but as soon as the defense starts to bring consistent pressure his game begins to break down. He’s probably a career backup who may be able to start here and there. He reminds me a lot of Kelly Holcomb, who had moments where he looked great as a starter but in the long run his struggles with pressure and reading defenses hindered his growth.