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Monday, May 27, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick Landry Jones: clutch baller or clipboard backup?

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma Sooner Landry Jones in the 4th round of the 2013 draft (115th pick). Whether or not he is the man to replace Ben Roethlisberger remains to be seen. Some considered Jones the best quarterback in the 2013 draft. That’s all good but considering the shallow pool of quarterbacks the best of a lukewarm batch won’t set the world ablaze. Or will he? You don’t know which players have the want-to to dig deep enough to play at the highest level. Tom Brady was taken in the 6th Round (199th pick) of the 2000 draft while Jamarcus Russell was selected 1st overall in 2007. You do the math.

Knocks on Landry Jones include crumbling under pressure and hand size. Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have the largest paws either which is probably why he often wears a glove on his throwing hand. The big questions are can Jones be coached at the professional level, and can he learn confidence in a professional system? Like Tom Brady, draft geeks list Jones as a true pocket passer with good footwork but limited mobility so he will need a strong line of defense in front of him, something the Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled with since 2007, however a core of athletic lineman under a new zone-blocking system has tremendous upside.

Landry Jones is considered to have a cannon arm and exceptional accuracy. But some feel poor-football IQ and lack of discipline will prevent Jones from becoming an NFL starter. It’s really up to Landry Jones if he wants to play in the NFL. He is young and has a solid skill-set, given the right coaching in the right system he might become the right guy to start when Ben Roethlisberger decides to hang it up.

More on this later,
for now

and Go Steelers

By John Thomas Menesini

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