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

Getty Images

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.

62 responses to “Oklahoma’s Landry Jones won’t enter the NFL draft

  1. 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. 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.

  3. @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.

  4. 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 ?

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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…

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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 !

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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).

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!!!

  37. 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…

  38. 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

  39. @ 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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

  43. 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.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!