In the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted quarterback Landry Jones from the University of Oklahoma. This season, Jones is expected to play behind Ben Roethlisberger, but how long will Jones be a backup quarterback? If you ask me, not that long.
While at Oklahoma, Jones led the Sooners to double-digit wins in all of his seasons as the starting quarterback. With Jones at the helm, Oklahoma went 3-1 in bowl games including their Fiesta Bowl victory against Connecticut. Jones had great success at Oklahoma, totaling 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns. All of this while filling the big shoes of Sam Bradford.
Jones proved in his college career that he is an accurate passer, completing over 60 percent of his passes every season as a starter. His outstanding bowl record shows that he has the intangibles, and the ability to win the big games. He has the ability to throw the deep ball and has great football knowledge and understanding of defenses.
Jones a traditional pocket passer with not much mobility, but he has good size and is able to look over the offensive line. These physical and mental attributes are what every quarterback in the NFL needs.
Landry Jones is going to be starting his career behind a great quarterback in Roethlisberger. He is going to have the chance to learn the NFL game and be able to develop. Jones has all the skills that it takes to be a NFL quarterback and, as was the case with Aaron Rodgers, he gets a chance to learn and develop as a backup. These reasons add up to Jones being a great starting quarterback in the NFL.
If history is any sign, Jones is likely to get his chances to play even before he is ready with the many injury problems Roethlisberger has had. Get ready for Landry Jones because when he gets his chance he will capitalize on it and become a really good NFL quarterback.