Buffalo’s relentless examination of the 2013 quarterback draft class will continue on Monday as Buffalobills.com has learned the Bills will conduct a private workout with Oklahoma QB Landry Jones.
The Sooners signal caller finished his college career as the most prolific passer in Big 12 conference history with better than 16-thousand passing yards (16,646).
Set to turn 24 early next month, Jones set a career high in completion percentage (66.1%) and career low in interceptions (11) as a senior last season, but some outside observers believe overall that his junior season was superior to his 2012 campaign.
“I like his junior tape better than his senior tape,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “I know he can make all the throws. I've seen him make all the throws, but like a lot of this year's quarterbacks, it’s consistency.”
Mayock does however, see Jones as a fit for offenses rooted in West Coast system principles.
Jones completed 66 of his70 passes as the Oklahoma pro day back on March 13th with his quarterback coach George Whitfield scripting a number of deep passes while also trying to showcase Jones’ mobility. The Bills were reported to be in attendance.
“He’s helped me with a lot of different things,” said Jones of Whitfield. “I think the thing for me is about my setup, holding the ball a little bit higher and taking some of the extra things in my motion and just kind of scratching it out of my game.”
Jones did finish his senior season strong leading the Sooners to victory in each of his last five regular season starts before a difficult loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl (41-13). Not surprisingly, the Oklahoma QB cites the Sooners 50-49 win over Geno Smith and West Virginia as his best game last season.
“The West Virginia game went back and forth all game long and eventually we came out on top at the end,” he said.
Jones threw for a season-high 554 yards on 38-51 passing (74.5%) with six touchdowns and an interception in the Sooners one-point win.
The Bills have also conducted private workouts with the aforementioned Geno Smith and Florida State signal caller E.J. Manuel.
Private workouts with prospects must take place in the player’s hometown or on their college campus. They are not considered pre-draft visits. Pre-draft visits take place at an NFL team site only. NFL clubs are allowed to conduct 30 such pre-draft visits at their facility. Teams can schedule an unlimited number of private workouts.