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.