The Buffalo Bills are working out seemingly every quarterback available in the 2013 NFL Draft, because they know they need to find a franchise guy. General Manager Buddy Nix has reiterated this point constantly, and the Buffalo News reported yesterday that the Bills worked out Florida State Seminoles signal-caller E.J. Manuel along with No. 1 QB Geno Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Today, ESPN’s AFC East blogger James Walker is reporting that the Buffalo Bills will work out Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones, per a source.
Jones has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback, but he is frustratingly inconsistent. He is one of my favorite quarterbacks in this draft class personally, because I always rooted for him to shake off what seemed to be pressure or just mental lapses. Jones threw for over 4,000 yards in three seasons with the Sooners, including 4,267 yards with 30 touchdowns (11 picks as well) last season.
Expected to be a third day selection, both ESPN draft analysts, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, rank Landry Jones as one of the top five quarterbacks in this draft class. In fact, ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranks Jones as the 51st best QB in the class overall.
While that seems high to many, this reflects Jones’s upside if a team can develop him and if he can get past what seems to be issues with approaching the game mentally (especially when the pocket breaks down).
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