Thursday, December 8, 2011
RG3 hops Landry Jones on The Big Board
By ESPN.com staff
When the season began, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was a top 5 prospect and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was nowhere to be found on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board.
The list of the top 25 prospects in next April's draft, though, has taken on a major overhaul. After the season's final weeks, Jones has been passed up by the fast-rising, soon-to-be Heisman winner (probably) Griffin.
Jones has fallen all the way down to No. 14 after sitting at No. 6 last week.
"I still like the way he's battled so far in 2011, but he has some interceptions and has made some odd decisions," Kiper wrote. "Accuracy is still very good. Good size, strong arm but needs to improve footwork."
Griffin, though, debuted on the Big Board a couple weeks ago after knocking off Oklahoma and has already ascended all the way to No. 11, after sitting at No. 21 last week.
"Has elite athleticism and has altered and improved his delivery, resulting in better accuracy on downfield throws," Kiper wrote. "Smart kid who will shine during interviews. No ill effects from 2009 knee injury. Remarkable numbers."
The more scouts see, the more they like, it seems.
Only one other Big 12 player is on the Big Board. Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis also slipped off the board.
No. 4: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. Blackmon had a remarkable regular season, eclipsing his 111 catches of a year ago. A better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant. Versatile and explosive and really works to get open. Great ball skills; breaks tackles. Exceptional work ethic.