STRENGTHS - Possessing a very strong arm, Landry Jones can make every NFL throw with remarkable ease. When he strides into throws aggressively and follows through he can fit passes into tight spots with good timing and accuracy. Above the waist his throwing motion is smooth, fluid and consistent. When he identifies the defensive coverage correctly, he flashes the ability to make throws to spots where only his man has a chance to make a play on the ball. Although his throwing motion is just average in quickness, he does flash the ability to set-up and make the quick hitting passes with good timing and accuracy. Jones is a better athlete than he gets credit for and is able to slide within the pocket to avoid pressure. Blessed with good size and strength, Jones consistently has been able to pull free from defenders attempting to reach and grab at him and can make strong throws with defenders pulling at him.
WEAKNESSES - Despite a smooth throwing motion, it is not quick and is deliberate, which allows defenders to close quickly and make plays on his passes. He has two bad habits, which lead to mistakes - 1. He will stare down primary receiver and 2. Will throw the ball up for grabs when the pocket is collapsing around him. I question how well he identifies the defense pre-snap and reads the defense during the play as a number of his interceptions seem to come from him throwing passes he should never attempt that defenders are in position to make a play on. Although able to slide to avoid sacks decently, he lacks the quickness and athleticism to pull the ball down and scramble for positive yards. .
SUMMARY - Highly regarded and hyped up by the media, Landry has been viewed as a definite first round grade since he took over for Sam Bradford. However, the reality is that Jones is a streak passer whose accuracy can be great for stretches and then poor for a while. He must quicken his throwing motion and avoiding throwing the ball up for grabs off his back foot when under pressure to avoid the inteceptions he threw too many of in the games evaluated. Overall, I am not a huge fan of Landry Jones' potential to be a quality NFL starter, but he charted out be a high second round pick. If he can improve his reading of the defense and become a more consistently accurate passer then he was what it takes to be a quality NFL starter.