When evaluating top quarterbacks during the draft process, it's important to look at production as well as attributes.
As many recall, Landry Jones led his Oklahoma Sooners to the Big 12 championship game, taking on a very good Oklahoma State team.
Going into the game, I thought that Jones would prove his worth as an NFL quarterback prospect and lead his Sooners to a solid victory. At the least, I figured Jones would put up a lot of points and pressure Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to do their thing.
After an embarrassing 44-10 Oklahoma loss in which Jones went 27-for-50, throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions, the Sooner quarterback's draft stock plummeted.
The Oklahoma Sooners, a preseason favorite to win the BCS National Championship, would enter the bowl season at 9-3 and only garner a bid into the Insight Bowl against the sub-par Iowa Hawkeyes.
If anything, the Insight Bowl was a perfect opportunity for Jones to clean up his many rough edges and answer any question that draft scouts developed after the "Bedlam Beatdown" against Oklahoma State.
Jones did just the opposite against Iowa—he made everything worse.
The Oklahoma signal-caller couldn't move his team down the field at all, leading stagnant drives highlighted by two-yard checkdown passes and solid punts on fourth down.
The Sooners won the game, improving to 10-3, but did so behind great defense and the play of backup quarterback Blake Bell. After the Insight Bowl, I wonder how many Sooner fans want Landry Jones to leave for the better of the team.
Is Landry Jones a first-round prospect?
At the beginning of the year, I was really focused on Matt Barkley to show whether or not he could be a successful quarterback without just throwing to Robert Woods and he did just that, maturing as a field general and spreading the ball around.
On the flip side, Landry Jones wasn't able to prove that he could be a successful quarterback without top target Ryan Broyles.
Oklahoma has only thrown one passing touchdown since Broyles' injury from November 5th, now opting to go to their backup quarterback Bell in the red zone for rushing scores.
If Jones' own coaching staff has no confidence in him, why should any draft evaluators?
He showed, against Iowa and Oklahoma State, that he can't move the ball down the field and he can't be a consistent passer. He has severe issues when it comes to his touch on short and intermediate passes and I really have an issue with his erratic throwing.
Jones has limited accuracy and I don't see him being a factor as an NFL quarterback at this juncture.
Maybe a system in the NFL could fit his strengths and make him a serviceable guy, but I'd rather a guy like Ryan Tannehill or even Nick Foles, whose flaws are coachable.
Landry Jones is not a first-round pick and he's not a top-five quarterback.
Maybe after another year of college football I'd reevaluate him, but as for right now, I don't care if he declares or not. I wouldn't draft Jones.
I originally thought Jones was a boom-or-bust pick, a player who could be really good or really bad.
Now I think he's just a bust...no boom at all.