Landry Jones: QB Will Have Success in NFL Despite Crashing Draft Stock

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 4, 2013

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw against the Baylor Bears November 10, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 42-34. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Landry Jones ended his collegiate career as Oklahoma suffered a disappointing 41-13 loss to Texas A&M. While his draft stock has plummeted over the course of the season, Landry Jones is still capable of having success in the NFL if he lands in the right situation. 

There are many reasons Jones was often considered the top quarterback before the 2011 season. He's shown an ability to put up big numbers and have success with his team. He's got an NFL-sized frame, despite not having a ton of arm strength. 

The biggest knock on Jones has been his play in Oklahoma's biggest games. He didn't do himself many favors in the Cotton Bowl, throwing an interception and getting outplayed by Johnny Manziel. Too often he's been loose with the football with the game on the line. 

To have success in the NFL, Jones would need to be drafted into a situation where he has time to develop and has good coaching. It could very well serve Jones to start his NFL career on the bench before taking over a team. If he's drafted as an immediate answer, it's unlikely he will have success. 

He needs coaching to improve his play under pressure and the assistance to improve his arm strength. Given the time to work on both of these aspects of his game, Jones could eventually be a starter. 

While he won't be an Aaron Rodgers-type of quarterback, Jones could fit the bill as a Christian Ponder-type. He would be able to manage a game with a solid rushing attack and be able to make enough plays to give his team wins. 

He would also need to improve his decision-making. When Jones has time to throw in the pocket, he is incredibly accurate. When he is rushed or feels pressure, he gets sloppy and risks turning the ball over with a poor throw. 

While some would argue that you can't teach poise, you can teach a player to be more prepared for the situation. 

There are certain issues with Jones that, if aren't corrected, will prevent him from having success at the top level. He needs to be drafted into an environment that is willing to work with him in order to correct these issues. 

Unlike Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, Jones isn't a home-run prospect and shouldn't be treated as such. He needs grooming to have a good chance in the league. If he gets an opportunity to grow and improve under a strong coaching staff, Jones will have success in the league.