Landry Jones' NFL Draft Wait Will Continue into Day 3
With only one quarterback selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will have to wait until Day 3 to hear his name called.
The quarterback was once regarded as a first-round pick, but now he will be lucky if he gets drafted by the end of Day 2. Teams aren't looking to take chances on quarterbacks early in this draft.
For a full list on first-round picks, check out this article on Bleacher Report. The Buffalo Bills were the only team to take a quarterback on Thursday and they surprised everyone by taking Florida State's E.J. Manuel.
One of the biggest headlines of the second day will be Geno Smith. People are curious on how much longer he will have to wait. The longer he waits, the worse it gets for Jones.
Jones has a big arm. He completed over 63 percent of his passes in each of his final three seasons with the Sooners, and he had a pair of phenomenal seasons. In his sophomore and senior seasons, he threw three touchdowns for every interception.
Many teams will take a look at him as he falls, but he has too many flaws to spend a high pick on him.
The 24-year-old regressed as a junior and failed to throw at least 30 touchdowns, which he did in his sophomore and senior seasons. He threw 15 interceptions that season, so he didn't even average two touchdowns for every interception.
Oklahoma saw both good and bad in Jones. He threw for six touchdowns in a game, but he also went the final three games of the regular season as a junior in which he threw five interceptions without throwing for a score.
Jones has good size for a quarterback. He has the ability to move around and avoid pressure, but he's no scrambler.
He has trouble throwing on the run, and he benefited from playing in the Big 12. Teams in the NFL will play much better in the secondary, so he will need to show that he can throw in tight spaces.
When will Landry Jones get drafted?
The biggest knock that people have had on him is his mentality, which is something that Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com questions. As a quarterback, that's about the worst knock he can have.
Jones has a lot of talent in his arm, but there just isn't much of a need at quarterback for most teams. For those that need a signal-caller, Smith, USC's Matt Barkley and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib will get the first look.
A team like the Cleveland Browns would have to think long and hard if Jones was still available at the beginning of Day 3. He should still be available heading into the fourth round, and he could be a steal at that point.
Bill Polian told ProFootballTalk that he believes Jones is the best quarterback in this draft.
Bill Polian says Landry Jones is the best quarterback in this year's draft wp.me/p14QSB-8nYD— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 19, 2013
Most of the top quarterbacks will be long gone as the second day wraps up, but Jones will anxiously wait to find out where he will land.
Heading into Day 2, it will be somewhat of a surprise if a team drafts Jones. After Thursday's opening round that saw only one quarterback taken, there are plenty still available. Jones isn't a top prospect, so look for him to still be on the board as the third round wraps up.
*All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com
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