Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/115 - Landry Jones, QB, 6-3, 221, Oklahoma...Started all four years (50 games) and set Big 12 and Oklahoma records with 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns. Steelers not looking for Ben Roethlisberger's replacement but to get younger at the position after years of Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich. - The Sports Xchange
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09/01/13 - QB Landry Jones (fourth round) becomes the highest-drafted player at his position to make the team as a rookie since Ben Roethlisberger (1st) in 2004.
06/13/13 - QB Landry Jones signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who know have their entire draft class under contract.
Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.
Landry was drafted in the fourth round after setting an Oklahoma career record by starting 48 consecutive games. He als set school and Big 12 Conference career records by completing 1,388 of 2,183 passes for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns.
Landry isn't necessarily viewed as the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisbeger. While he set numerous passing records at Oklahoma, he never developed into the elite pro prospect the Sooners envisioned after a stellar freshman season taking over for Sam Bradford.
Jones needs to prove he can make solid progressions through his routes and make the transition to playing under center in the NFL. And while Jones has a strong arm, he lacks consistent accuracy to all levels.
This year, Jones will compete with veterans Bruce Gradkowski and John Parker Wilson as the Steelers attempt to get younger behind Roethlisberger after years of relying on Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/115 - Landry Jones, QB, 6-3, 221, Oklahoma...Started all four years (50 games) and set Big 12 and Oklahoma records with 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns. Steelers not looking for Ben Roethlisberger's replacement but to get younger at the position after years of Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Landry Jones, the Steelers' rookie quarterback, is married to Whitney Hand, who played basketball at Oklahoma University with Ben Roethlisberger's sister Carlee, who was in their wedding. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I just think it was time to start grooming a new player, freshen up the room if you will." -- QB coach Randy Fichtner on adding rookie Landry Jones to his meeting room. - The Sports Xchange
03/17/13 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Landry Jones, QB (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) - Jones kept his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard short shuttle). Noted quarterbacks guru George Whitfield - who has worked with the previous two No. 1 overall picks, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton, among others - put Jones through a on-field program that included 70 passes thrown, with a heavy concentration on middle-to deep-pass routes. Of those 70 passes, 66 were completed and only one of those incompletions was a bad throw.
Jones is the fourth-rated quarterback prospect (No. 57 overall) on my top-100 big board. Among those on hand in Norman, Okla. from NFL teams included Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/17/13 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: When it comes to quarterbacking, George Whitfield Jr. has developed quite a reputation in NFL circles. The quarterback guru has personally tutored Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. So Whitfield knows what a first-round quarterback looks like. And he believes that Landry Jones will be a first-round selection. “That’s where I see him going,” Whitfield said Wednesday after Jones finished throwing during Oklahoma’s pro day. “He might not be the headliner or front line guy right now, but when they boil it all down and get down to what’s most important, Landry will figure his way into the first round.”
Jones gave scouts from all 32 teams in attendance one final look before the NFL draft in April, throwing 71 passes inside OU’s Everest Indoor Training Center. He got off to a rocky start, as the first pass sailed out of his hand into a duck that fell way short of the intended receiver downfield. But he quickly settled down and was crisp for the rest of the session. “Today’s workout was representative of what teams wanted to see,” Whitfield said. “They wanted to see his arm strength, his agility and mobility, how much of an athlete is he. - Jake Trotter, ESPN.com
01/24/13 - Landry Jones thrilled about interview with Andy Reid...While Jones rarely ran the read-option in college, he indicated that he would have little trouble picking it up if he's drafted by Philadelphia. Jones has yet to meet with Eagles coach Chip Kelly. “If they want me to run it we can start to figure something out and started running,” Jones jokingly said.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, the coach of the South team, lauded Jones, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson for their play early in the week. “From the time the three quarterbacks stepped into the huddle, they had good command, they weren't botching snaps and they were making accurate throws,” Schwartz said. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/24/13 - Landry Jones thrilled about interview with Andy Reid...Though Landry Jones has met with several teams that are in desperate need of a quarterback at this week's Senior Bowl, one interview stood out for the Big 12 all-time leader in passing yards. Jones, a four-year starter at Oklahoma, broke down Xs and Os and explained some of the nuances of the Sooners' spread offense in a meeting with Chiefs coach Andy Reid earlier this week. “I loved Coach Reid,” Jones said. “It was an honor to pick his brain about things. It was just a really cool experience.”
Besides meeting with the Chiefs, Jones also had interviews with the Bills and Cardinals. All three teams could select a quarterback in the early rounds of April's NFL Draft. Though the Sooners' spread offense isn't run at a tempo as fast as the version in Oregon, Jones still operated primarily without a huddle in college. Scott Linehan, the Lions' offense coordinator, has been impressed with Jones' ability to handle no-huddle situations and his accuracy through the first three days of practice in Mobile, Ala. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Quarterbacks...2. Landry Jones, Oklahoma. Jones is behind Wilson, but by how much? For me it's close. Jones made more errant passes than Wilson over the week but he's had a number of nice deep passes. He's got a good arm for sure but it comes down to his mobility and performing under pressure. Not that Wilson has guts of steel but at least he can move around. Jones did make a nice throw to Tavarres King Wednesday with the pocket collapsing during team drills but also missed more than any quarterback on the South roster. There just seems to be more confidence in Wilson than Jones. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/21/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday practice: Jones seemed more "NFL-ready" than Manuel as he also had a smooth delivery but didn't quite have the dead-on accuracy Wilson had. A team is sure to spend a Top 60 pick on him nonetheless based on his experience and fundamentals. "He's got really good arm talent, he's an accurate passer, throws a very nice ball," Linehan said of Jones. "They called pretty much everything as a no-huddle offense from the sideline, but that's not unusual now in the pro game. As pro offenses evolve, that will help him because everybody's trying to do that up-tempo system. I told him, 'I want to see how you call our offense and our offensive plays,' and he worked extremely hard in the last 48 hours to do so. I see no issues there." - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com