Had he entered the 2015 NFL Draft, Cardale Jones likely would have been a 1st round pick. Now, he’d be lucky to get selected on day two. Jones took the football world by storm when he started 3 games, leading the way to Ohio State’s 2015 National Championship. This forced a QB battle in Columbus this past year which saw Jones beat out former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller and Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett. However, Jones’ inconsistencies and failure to adapt in a starting role were exposed early on which saw a flip-flop between him and Barrett under center, and the eventual benching of Jones. Still, his rocket arm, size and physical abilities are hard to ignore, which is what has salvaged the remains of his draft stock. His upside is through the roof, but will he be able to mature on and off the field and be groomed into a starting QB in the league?
Name: Cardale Jones
College: Ohio State
Class: Junior (RS)
Projection: 7th Round
Comparison: Logan Thomas
Strengths: Big body NFL people like. Top-notch arm strength. Nice over-the-top delivery. Keeps his eyes down field and aims first to find an open receiver. Has shown the ability to step up in the pocket. Doesn’t drop his head on broken plays which keeps linebackers anticipating his intentions. Moves off his first read comfortably and scans the field. Brushes off arm tackles. Side-steps to avoid pressure. Often not brought down on first contact.
Weaknesses: Used extensively in the shotgun and things made simple for him. Slow thinker and doesn’t react to what he sees quickly. Misses open receivers. Accuracy is very hit and miss. Lots of mental errors. Takes too many chances due to his arm strength and physical prowess. Not a natural grinder. Didn’t work until he knew he would play. Benched in his senior year and wasted his opportunity. Has been known to beat to his own drum and not cut from NFL QB cloth. Old.
Overview: Jones is a player that looks the part and has the physical skills but simply lacks the accuracy, intelligence, and work ethic to be a successful NFL QB. Late third day selection.