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Oklahoma’s Landry Jones won’t enter the NFL draft

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A second quarterback who could have been a first-round draft pick in 2012 has decided to wait until 2013.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones announced today that he will return to school next season rather than enter the 2012 NFL draft. Jones joins USC’s Matt Barkley as a highly rated quarterback who decided to stay in the NCAA for another year.

The player who benefits the most from Jones and Barkley staying in school may be Baylor’s Robert Griffen III, who will almost certainly be the second quarterback off the board in April. Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill will also benefit from Jones and Barkley staying in school; Tannehill now looks like the No. 3 quarterback in the draft. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is widely regarded as the top prospect.

Another Oklahoma player, defensive end Ronnell Lewis, announced today that he’s entering the draft.

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  1. mjbulls45 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:30 PM

    Landry Jones is WAYYYYYYYYYYYY better then Barkley

    you will see next NCAA season , its not even close

    dont be fooled , watch the game tape

    Barkleys got bust written all over him

    Landry – unfinished business, come back, win and sharpen skills, I love the decision.

    Sooners stand up.

  2. mvpolamalu says: Jan 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    Smart move. He finished the season awfully, which would have caused him to fall

  3. ekj6955 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:43 PM

    Anyone else think this is a little crazy? With the small QB draft class of top prospects and the lack of free agents there aren’t enough good QB’s to go to QB needy teams. Not sure what next year looks like, but this year it is Luck, Griffin, the A & M QB (who L Jones is better than) and then the free agents of M Flynn, Orton, and J Campbell. He would have been number 3 for sure in the draft.

  4. kylehealy says: Jan 5, 2012 7:58 PM

    @mjbulls45

    Jones is not way better than Matt Barkley, both are good, but Barkley is the better prospect. You said it yourself, look at the tape. Barkley can make all the throws and looks more polished and NFL ready. Not to mention he plays in a pro-style offense, where Landry operates out of the spread. If anything Barkley is the one who has unfinished business, Jones is coming back trying to get his draft stock back to where it was at the beginning of the season.

    By the way, I’m a Notre Dame fan, I hate USC, but gotta give credit where it’s due. Matt Barkley > Landry Jones.

  5. lilrob10201 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    So much for the great QB draft class.The only high prospects at the QB position now is RGIII and Andrew Luck.This should open up a big market for Matt Flynn.Will it be Redskins or Dolphins ?

  6. teal379 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:11 PM

    Actually the person this benefits the most is Matt Flynn.

    Less QB’s coming out for QB poor teams to select from.

    If you need a QB – would you mortgage the farm to move into a position to get an unproven college guy or maybe sit pat, draft another need (at a cheap price due to position) and throw the cash at Matt? A guy who 1. went to the McCarthy QB school 2. Hung 480 yards and 6 TD’s on a D that held the Chargers and Phil Rivers down to 10 points just the week before.
    3. Has proven he CAN play in the league and he CAN read NFL defenses and is ready to go NOW. No adjusting to life after college, no adjusting to making money etc.

    No – Matt Flynn is the largest winner here…

  7. detroitrollin22 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:15 PM

    @MJbulls45

    Two things:

    1.You need a pair of glasses

    2. Stop drinking all that Sooner kool-aid

  8. trbowman says: Jan 5, 2012 8:16 PM

    Tannehill is way better than Jones.

    The hype machine won’t let you hear otherwise, but Tannehill is a better prospect than RG3 as well.

    He’d fit well in Washington or Cleveland.

  9. brenenostler says: Jan 5, 2012 8:30 PM

    I didn’t think Jones would enter the draft this year.

    With that said, Flynn, Tannehill, and Campbell will all benefit. One will be on the Redskins. One will be on the Dolphins. And I’m not too sure where the 3rd one lands. (I’m assuming Cleveland drafts RG3).

  10. Foresight2011 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:31 PM

    Jones needs a major overhaul to his entire game. From throwing motion and footwork to accuracy and decision making. Him staying in school for another year was a good move on his part.

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 5, 2012 8:32 PM

    Who benefits the most is Jaguar fan. Blaine really has to show and prove in 2012 which I believe he will. If he doesn’t Barkley and Jones will be there for the taking in 2013.

  12. bbeaman78 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:38 PM

    Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    That sucks as an OU fan. He is the second coming of Nate Hybl.

  13. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 8:55 PM

    Neither Jones nor Barkley wanted to risk getting drafted by the Redskins.

    I only kid Redskins fans. Your team is still better than the Rams and Vikings.

  14. skinsnhoyas says: Jan 5, 2012 8:59 PM

    Good!! Don’t have to worry about my Skins getting him. RG3 and let’s ball!!!

  15. lostsok says: Jan 5, 2012 9:01 PM

    Smart move by Jones. He has all the tools, and appears to be a solid player, but he hit a bad patch. That happens to all QBs at some point. It was just especially bad for him that it was at the end of his season.

    He needs to refine his skills and end his college career on a higher note. He’ll be a fine pro (though suggesting he is “better” than Barkley is just insane at this point).

  16. stephenjr311 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:02 PM

    Why does everyone think Miami needs a QB so badly? Matt Moore did a great job this season and they would be dumb to not give him another shot next season. If anything, they should bring in a vet to take the reigns in case Moore implodes.

  17. skinsrollyou says: Jan 5, 2012 9:02 PM

    Landry is a fraud. Good move son. Get better

  18. skinsrollyou says: Jan 5, 2012 9:03 PM

    Barkley on the other hand…..

  19. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 5, 2012 9:04 PM

    And Oklahoma State’s defense is all smiles right now…

    Just like Oregon’s defense is waiting for payback on SC….

    Hmmm, let’s see…

    Make millions or come back to lose a game or two and not reach the National Championship next year

    Yep…SC and OU arrogant attitudes for sure

  20. angiecarnathan says: Jan 5, 2012 9:05 PM

    Newsflash to QBs afraid of getting drafted early by a crappy team:

    If you get drafted early, you are going to a crappy team. Doesn’t matter whether it’s this year or next year…

  21. cheapseater says: Jan 5, 2012 9:05 PM

    David Garrard just got an incentive to work harder in rehab…

  22. rkingndayton says: Jan 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    Makes no sense to stay another year when you can get paid for your hard work.

    Isn’t that what college is for???

  23. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    Oh, and while we are at it…the OU-Texas series always goes on runs…Texas defense won’t fowl up next years Red River SHOOTOUT next year.

    Bank it.

  24. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 5, 2012 9:08 PM

    Tannehill is way better than Jones.

    The hype machine won’t let you hear otherwise, but Tannehill is a better prospect than RG3 as well.

    He’d fit well in Washington or Cleveland.

    ***************

    As a Texas and Cowboys fan…I hope he does go to Washington….just ask the Horns defense about Tannehill

  25. khuxford says: Jan 5, 2012 9:27 PM

    Who is advising these people? Barkley is losing one year of earning. Might he be picked higher? Sure, but the rookie wage scale means the difference in his slot this year versus next isn’t such a big deal. But now he’ll be one year older and closer to retirement. Same goes for Landry.

    That’s not even getting into the potential for serious injury during their pro bono college year.

  26. rubesonpftaretools says: Jan 5, 2012 9:28 PM

    jessethegreat says:Jan 5, 2012 8:55 PM

    Neither Jones nor Barkley wanted to risk getting drafted by the Redskins.

    I only kid Redskins fans. Your team is still better than the Rams and Vikings.

    The same Vikings team that just beat the skins two weeks ago with half the team injured? Nice logic!

    Vikes are in rough shape, but nothing like the skins.

  27. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:37 PM

    As a Sooners fan, I’m glad to se this. He is NOT NFL ready, he really needs to work on his arm strength

  28. madmike66 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:43 PM

    Rams and Vikings fans should be thrilled. Their picks just got that much more valuable in trade scenarios. Redskins fans, get ready to cough up your draft picks to move up and grab RG3.

  29. everyoneholdsorakpo says: Jan 5, 2012 9:44 PM

    Here’s a redskin fan that just said, “YES” when I read the headline. I am glad the temptation is gone to pick this guy at #6. Hey Minnesota, what’s the price to switch picks?

  30. briang123 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:44 PM

    The only thing ever. Impressed me about Tannehill is his wife. Average at best, bust at worst in the NFL.

  31. buckybadger says: Jan 5, 2012 9:50 PM

    He didn’t have a great year. Another year makes sense for him. I thought he was a senior.

  32. win1soon says: Jan 5, 2012 9:54 PM

    Probably didn’t want a chance that he would end up playing for the Dolphins or Skins!

  33. rwmilli says: Jan 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    Don’t be so quick to jump on Campbell being a f/a he could very well return to Oakland, him and Carson qb controversy? HAHA maybe if were talking who Can be shed from the roster faster, BUMS !

  34. indywilson40 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:03 PM

    Kellen Lewis is wayyyy better than Landry Jones. Jones is way overrated, just watch the tape. NOBODY wins at the ROCK!! Go Hoosiers!!!!!!

  35. skito13 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:04 PM

    The big winner is the Rams and the ransom their going to get for number 2 pick!!!!!

  36. crpease says: Jan 5, 2012 10:08 PM

    You heard it from me first. Matt Flynn will be a Denver Bronco next year!

  37. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 5, 2012 10:13 PM

    Matt Damon, er Matt Flynn may or may not be a franchise QB. A couple of games no matter how good or bad can’t predict that. IE. Kevin Kolb. One thing is for sure though, with college QBs dropping out, Matt Flynn and the Packers are in for a huge payday because of his great performances in limited action. Teams are going to bite hard on this guy.

  38. craigmaitland says: Jan 5, 2012 10:16 PM

    Barkley 39 tds and 7 Ints. 69 comp%

    L.Jones 29 tds and 15 Ints. 63 comp %

    Final 4 games for Barkley 17 tds and 1 int.
    Final 4 games for L.Jones 1 td and 6 Ints.

  39. trollhammer20 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:18 PM

    Good. Means Seattle won’t wind up with him. I was a fan early in the year, but he regressed to the point where I couldn’t imagine having him as the future of the franchise I root for.

    Schneider has probably already been on the phone to his buddies in GB. You watch. They’ll franchise Flynn and trade him to Seattle. Probably for a deal where they get Seattle’s 2nd round pick and move up to Seattle’s spot in the first round (11-12, depending on the coin toss with KC), while Seattle gets Flynn and the 28-32 pick the Packers will wind up with.

  40. toonsterwu says: Jan 5, 2012 10:43 PM

    It’s probably the best decision for him. I like Landry Jones a fair amount as a pro prospect, but he had his up and down moments this year, and his footwork, even for that scheme, looked a bit shaky at times. This year, he was a clear 3-6 QB, as Luck was clearly 1, and RG3 will likely end up being 2, as he’s a dynamic QB that looks to be a passer first. Next year, Landry Jones can challenge for the top spot. I like Barkley enough, but Jones has the tools and skills to pass Barkley.

    I’m not so sure that Tannehill isn’t a better prospect than Jones or Barkley anyways (and maybe even RG3), though. Tannehill’s got the size, arm strength, character, accuracy, and mobility of a NFL QB, just needs time to learn. Outside of Luck, I think all of these QB’s need at least a year of watching (whether or not they get it is another question), but Tannehill reminds me a bit of a more athletic Matt Schaub.

  41. toonsterwu says: Jan 5, 2012 10:47 PM

    As a side note, Kirk Cousins may be the Andy Dalton of this draft. Doesn’t have the biggest ceiling (slightly above average arm), but smart QB who knows where to go with the ball. May be a nice pick for a WCO team in the 2nd rd. that looks to address another position first (Redskins come to mind if they pass on QB in the first … could see them go with a FA and then a 2nd rd. pick like Cousins).

  42. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 5, 2012 11:02 PM

    Barkley 39 tds and 7 Ints. 69 comp%

    L.Jones 29 tds and 15 Ints. 63 comp %

    Final 4 games for Barkley 17 tds and 1 int.
    Final 4 games for L.Jones 1 td and 6 Ints.

    **********

    Great point

  43. nothimagain says: Jan 5, 2012 11:12 PM

    RG3 was going to go ahead of Lance Jones any ways. The only question was if Jones could prevent Tannenhill from passing him up.

    He wouldn’t have. Right decision Lance.

  44. sportsmediacritic says: Jan 5, 2012 11:36 PM

    Tannehill is a poor man’s Stephen McGee, and we all know how good Stephen McGee is. That’s a wasted pick, whoever picks him up. He’s a former WR, and the way he plays, it shows.

  45. thepatriotsaregay says: Jan 5, 2012 11:43 PM

    Landry Jones is not good. The fact he was even considering the draft is quite laughable

  46. 10yardslant says: Jan 6, 2012 12:12 AM

    Landry Jones is the next Jason White.

  47. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 12:25 AM

    lilrob10201 says:Jan 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    So much for the great QB draft class.
    —————————————

    This is about the third year or so that it was thought to be a very good draft for QBs at the beginning of the college season, only to fizzle because of QBs not declaring or disappointing play.

  48. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 12:35 AM

    mikehockhurtz says:Jan 5, 2012 9:08 PM

    Tannehill is way better than Jones.

    The hype machine won’t let you hear otherwise, but Tannehill is a better prospect than RG3 as well.

    He’d fit well in Washington or Cleveland.

    ***************

    As a Texas and Cowboys fan…I hope he does go to Washington….just ask the Horns defense about Tannehill

    ==========================

    In all fairness to Tannehill, he’s been playing QB for less than two years. Before that he was a WR. With the amount he has already progressed scouts believe he has serious potential.

  49. bsizemore68 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:51 AM

    If Miami can’t grab a top QB in the draft I think they will go with a right side Offense Tackle, or a top 10 pick of a wide receiver, if not that, perhaps a free safety with there first pick, we will know in late April. Bill

  50. descendency says: Jan 6, 2012 1:10 AM

    This is a dumb move.

    He’s going to lose his job to Blake Bell and then will go undrafted. His stock will never be higher than a second rounder. He’s just not that good.

  51. unbiased8383 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:19 AM

    trbowman says:
    Jan 5, 2012 8:16 PM
    Tannehill is way better than Jones.

    The hype machine won’t let you hear otherwise, but Tannehill is a better prospect than RG3 as well.

    He’d fit well in Washington or Cleveland.

    ————————-
    Yea you’re right. I mean look at how great he did against those steel curtain Big 12 defenses. Shut up you stupid aggie lover. They suck and are gonna get mopped in the SEC. Tannehill won’t do crap. You’re school is crap by the way. I also don’t care about college football, but the aggies suck.

  52. phishfan520 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:35 AM

    Landry Jones thank you for returning to school!!!! If the Dolphins screw up getting Flynn i didnt want them to pick “dan ololovsky 2.0″ because of a lack of options. Barkley is a talent but not too smart either, didn’t he watch luck’s senior season? Wasn’t as great as he felt it was gonna be but now he’ll be like any other rookie coming into the league whether they stay in school or leave…CHASING CAM “HE’S A BUST FOR CERTAIN” NEWTON!!!

  53. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 1:40 AM

    trollhammer20 says:Jan 5, 2012 10:18 PM

    Schneider has probably already been on the phone to his buddies in GB. You watch. They’ll franchise Flynn and trade him to Seattle. Probably for a deal where they get Seattle’s 2nd round pick and move up to Seattle’s spot in the first round (11-12, depending on the coin toss with KC), while Seattle gets Flynn and the 28-32 pick the Packers will wind up with.

    ————————

    No way GB gets that much even if they do take the chance of tagging Flynn, especially after how the Cassell & Kolb deals turned out recently. And in neither of those deals did the team give up as much as you’re proposing to get their QB. Plus, both Cassel and Kolb had much more experience/game tape to go on than the two games Flynn has started.

    These cautionary trades plus the Rob Johnson & Scott Mitchell deals of the past, another couple of QBs that road a few impressive victories to huge contracts but never proved to be worthy, will curb the Flynn appeal a bit.

    The other thing I’m sure teams will consider when evaluating Flynn is neither of his opponents were full out preparing for him when they played the Packers and there wasn’t any real game tape to study on him. No one knows how he’ll do once D coordinators get some film on him and make a plan of attack. He also has played with essentially no pressure. No one expected anything of him going against New England last year and this year’s game against Detroit didn’t mean anything to the Packers one way or the other.

    Should be interesting…

  54. twardyyy says: Jan 6, 2012 2:25 AM

    Don’t be surprised if a team pulls a Ponder in the draft — which means.. Some team will likely take Tannehill in the first round when he was slated to go in the 2nd-3rd. Personally I don’t believe that Tannehill is a good QB, much less a franchise one. Hell I’d rather draft Cousins of Michigan State or Nick Foles of Arizona.

    In my opinion, Tannehill = Jesse Palmer/Josh Heupel

  55. capitaloffense says: Jan 6, 2012 2:31 AM

    @ Rubesonpftaretools

    Yeah your Vikings beat the Skins (who were injured too and minus our best offensive threats from suspension). We have 12 draft picks (partly because we gave you Donovan McTrash) in the next draft and the second or third most profitable organization in ALL of sports. So yeah tout the laughable Vikings. We are just one of the most prestigious teams in NFL history. You all need to worry about not wasting the career of one of the greatest RBs to ever grace the field and keeping your team in a dump of a state that should be kicked from the Union. The Vikings COULD NEVER hold a candle to the Redskins even with our slump.

  56. bignuke says: Jan 6, 2012 2:45 AM

    Tannehill is the 3rd best NFL prospect? WOW! He’s like the 4th best QB in the Big XII!

    Whichever team drafts him in the 3rd round or higher is a sucker.

  57. Mike Klingensmith says: Jan 6, 2012 3:45 AM

    Man… whatever happened to being happy that a kid decided to finish school instead of dropping out early to try to make a quick buck?

  58. andyreidisfat says: Jan 6, 2012 4:06 AM

    Ok so first off jones isn’t even better than the a and m kid or atleast has not proved he is yet, but that’s not saying he can’t be better but it is really tough to tell when these guys come out of extreme spread in college. If everyone who could come did jones would be my 5 th qb and only their cuz the dude from okst is just to old to draft that high.

    For the sooner fan who thinks this kid is better than the USC kid, don’t be a homer bro, a lot of reAlly smart people think the USC kid is almost as good as luck.

    Now as for jones staying I think it’s great. And I can assure you it isn’t for draft stock. It’s because he wants to finish school and he truly enjoys being there. Watch any interview with the young man and you can clearly see money and fame is NOT what jones is about.

    I think the biggest loser will be whoever figures they are not getting a qb in the draft now and signs Flynn to a big deal. Flynn is a good back up, but he is not now nor will he ever be a big time nfl starter. He just doesn’t have the skills. Sure against a really bad defense who was sitting starters a lot of the game with perhaps the best skill players in the nfl around him in a game with zero pressure he can perform, but when he is made the guy somewhere he will fail because he doesn’t have the tools. And before people start throwing stats all around, Kevin kolb had the greatest start to a career production wise in nfl history, when he was given the Job and the real pressure was on he folded because he like Flynn is just not a big time player. I really hope Washington gives Flynn a whole lot of money because that will take them out of the hunt for a couple seasons much like cardinals this season with kolb.

  59. tropicpurple says: Jan 6, 2012 6:41 AM

    Makes the Vikings #3 pick even more valuable and (hopefully) a bidding war between QB starved teams for it.

  60. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2012 6:42 AM

    “Starting at QB for the Redskins, Rex Grossman!”

  61. billsfan1 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:00 AM

    Well this just drove up matt Flynn and Kyle Ortons price. And I for one am not sold on griffin. Of course I wasn’t sold on Newton last year and I was clearly wrong

  62. justaintrightisit says: Jan 6, 2012 2:18 PM

    The Packers will not put the franchise tag on Flynn, if they did that who in the right mind would trade for this guy with that high of a price tag on him. The better bet is GB working out a good contract with him that some other team approves of already and then trading him or just letting him go the free agent route and taking the comp pick for him.

    I personally thought that Barkley was a better QB than Jones but I also think the kid from Oklahoma state was a better QB than both of them.

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