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Strengths for Jones include:
- Has shown he can throw the ball well on the move when the pocket breaks down.
- Has had no issues with durability and is built to take a hit.
- Is an accurate quarterback who can fit passes into tight windows. At times will get a little high on deep passes, but doesn't put his receivers in a bad spot.
Weaknesses for Jones include:
- Has had some trouble against zone blitzes and disguised blitzes.
- When pulling back from underneath center, Landry needs to move around at a much better pace.
The above are the strengths and weaknesses that Landry Jones possesses leading up to the 2011 season. Jones is the ideal quarterback but has some minor weaknesses that need to be improved before he enters next year's draft.
Jones only received his opportunity during the 2009 season because of Sam Bradford's injury, but he definitely made the most of it.
Jones earned his first start against Idaho State and threw for an impressive three touchdowns. During that season, he threw for a school-record six touchdown passes against Tulsa (previous mark of five was held by two Heisman winners, Sam Bradford and Jason White and a Heisman runner-up, Josh Heupel).
The quarterback also had six games with multiple touchdown passes.
He led all freshmen nationally with 26 TD passes and 3,198 passing yards and eclipsed Sam Bradford's freshman passing yards mark at OU (previous best was 3,121 yards).
These types of performances then set up huge expectations, which Jones proved he could follow up on.
The 2010 season was a special one for Jones. He was Sammy Baugh Award winner, and he threw for multiple TD passes in 11 of his last 14 outings.
Landry had four games of which he threw four or more TD passes, and he also threw for 300-plus yards on nine occasions during the season, second best in OU history. Landry would eventually lead his team to a Fiesta Bowl victory against Big East foe Connecticut.
This seasons expectations are as high as they can get, and rightfully so, the Sooners are expected to play for a BCS National Championship with Landry Jones as an expected Heisman trophy finalist.
As I said earlier in the article, I expect the Sooners to play for and win the national championship, so that means Jones is going to have a monster year.
A 5,000-yard passing season is not out of the question, and don't count out 50 touchdowns either. Landry has to play better away from home though. The QB threw 10 of his 14 INT on neutral or opposing teams turf, which could cost them a game this season.
After this season if everything goes to plan, I expect Landry Jones to be the better pro prospect coming out of college than Sam Bradford was, which is why I'm giving him an A grade.
I also say it one more time, if Bradford played out his three full seasons, I would have fully expected him to be ahead of Landry Jones. Jones will have three years under his belt when the season ends, which is great for any pro prospect.
Jones will contend with Andrew Luck for the top pick in the 2012 draft if he can stay healthy. Look for big things out of Jones and the Sooners in 2011.