Weight: 230 pounds
Drafted By: Pittsburgh Steelers (4th round, 115th overall)
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Scouting Report/Player Notes
Jones is a very good quarterback prospect who slightly struggled in the spotlight in 2011-12. Despite being one of the highest ranked QBs in the country going into the season (I had Jones ranked 1b with Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley), Jones threw for a ton of yards and not as many touchdowns as you would like. In a stretch late in the season, Jones struggled mightily to put the ball in the end zone. For a three game period, Jones didn’t throw a single touchdown pass and the loss of Ryan Broyles really hurt his production. One thing that Jones really struggled with was consistency with his accuracy. We all know he is one of the most productive quarterbacks in the country at an extremely prestigious university, but there were four games last year where his completion percentage dipped below 55 percent. It’s not like the defenses in the Big 12 are extremely tough to pass on, as it has been proven by some other first round QBs from the class of 2012, but Jones struggled nonetheless. Still, there is a lot to like about this guy. He has a strong arm and a short memory when it comes to making mistakes. He knows how to win ball games and put points on the board, and though he struggled with consistency in 2012, he should once again emerge as a Heisman candidate with a lot of upside at the next level. If guys like Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, and even players like Jake Locker and Christian Ponder are first round picks, then Jones should be in line for a first round selection unless he completely destroys himself this year. Oklahoma’s roster is absolutely stacked, so if he somehow manages to play poorly, Jones could see a serious drop in his stock.
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Started 24 of 27 games that he has played at Oklahoma, and has vaulted himself into the discussion as a potential top 10 pick in 2011. Saw his accuracy increase dramatically as a sophomore in 2010 when he went from 58.1% completion to 65.6%. Honorable mention All-American in 2010 after throwing for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns (12 interceptions). Works primarily out of the shotgun but has very good vision down the field,as well as excellent footwork in the pocket. Goes through his progressions and knows how to read defenses. Has the arm strength to be able to fit the ball into tight spaces. His accuracy has dramatically increased, as I pointed out, and he has a very quick release. Not a scrambler by any means, but knows how to work outside of the pocket and use his athleticism to his advantage. Arm strength overall is good to very good. Great placement on his deep throws, and I would love to see him decrease his interception totals even though the Sooners are a big time passing offense.
PROS: Accurate quarterback…good athlete…can spread the ball around really well…gamer….solid athlete…poised…not easily rattled…good deep accuracy…good footwork in the pocket….completion percentage has consistently improved…very productive
CONS: Plays on dominant team…doesn’t have overly strong arm, but can still make all the throws….slightly disadvantaged because of OU’s offense (fast paced shot-gun offense..hard to get a good feel for how well he goes through progressions)…throws a few too many INT (not a lot though)…looked very fidgety especially in the pocket vs FSU in 2011…has struggled with pressure in his face
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