Landry Jones' NFL future provides for an interesting discussion.
Oklahoma football fans saw six former Sooners participate in the 2013 NFL combine in Indianapolis.
One Sooner turned in a memorable (but not impressive) 40-yard dash. Another showed blazing speed, and a third player dazzled with his overall display of athleticism.
Sure, some of the four-day spectacle seems trivial. Why, for example, do we care about how high Landry Jones can jump?
But the event can have considerable ramifications for the NFL Draft. A seemingly trivial difference in 40-yard dash times, for example, can have substantial financial implications for top prospects.
For some, a solid performance at the combine is their only chance of getting attention from NFL scouts and coaches.
Now that the four-day media spectacle is over, let's take a look at how these OU alums fared at the combine.
(Note: results are taken from NFL.com).
Landry Jones apparently did well in passing drills at the combine.
40-Yard Dash: 5.11 seconds
Vertical Jump: 31 inches
Broad Jump: 115 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.12 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.3 seconds
Landry Jones' 40-yard dash while not impressive, was certainly memorable.
Ultimately, most of the drills in which he completed aren't very relevant in his NFL stock. We know he's not a dual-threat quarterback; the real question is how well he handles pressure from NFL defenses.
Interestingly, however, he apparently impressed during throwing drills on Sunday (via NewsOK.com).
Few envisioned Kenny Stills running a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.
40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
Bench Press: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 124 inches
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.35 seconds
Wideout Kenny Stills wowed scouts and fans alike with an excellent 40-yard dash. In fact, only seven players at the combine recorded a faster time.
Otherwise, none of his results were eye-opening. Even so, he emerges from the combine a winner after recording a surprisingly fast time in the highly-anticipated 40-yard dash.
Lane Johnson's athleticism was on full display in Indy.
40-Yard Dash: 4.72 seconds
Bench Press: 28 reps
Vertical Jump: 34 inches
Broad Jump: 118 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.31 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.52 seconds
Offensive lineman Lane Johnson turned in one of the best overall performances of any player in Indianapolis. The former high school quarterback reminded us of his sheer athleticism.
The 6'6", 303-pound prospect finished second among O-linemen in the 40-yard dash, second in vertical jump, first in broad jump and second in the 3-Cone Drill.
Clearly, Johnson's stock is on the rise after an impressive showing.
Stacy McGee could be relevant as a free agent.
No drill results are listed on Stacy McGee's profile page on NFL.com.
However, the website gave the defensive tackle a grade of 52.8 (out of 100), which barely crosses the threshold of "draftable player" on NFL.com's scale.
McGee's scouting report on NFL.com describes him as physically capable of contributing in the NFL, but unlikely to be drafted.
It will be interesting to see if Tom Wort makes any noise in the NFL.
40-Yard Dash: 4.78 seconds
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 111 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.41 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.51 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle: 12.36 seconds
Tom Wort turned in an average performance among linebackers overall. Perhaps most interesting is his 4.78-second 40-yard dash, which is a little slower than some probably expected.
NFL.com describes Wort (6'0'', 235 pounds) as undersized and lacking tools to succeed in the NFL, but a potential special teams contributor.
Tony Jefferson has the potential to be a star in the NFL.
40-Yard Dash: 4.75 seconds
Bench Press: 16 reps
Of Tony Jefferson's two drill results listed on NFL.com, he performed better in the bench press, finishing 13th among the safeties.
Again, the combine didn't provide much enlightenment about Jefferson. But expect him to be drafted fairly early (NFL.com predicts in the second or third round) and have a chance to be successful in the NFL.