When he pulled his hamstring running a 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, Cardale Jones was forced to sit out the remainder of the drills in Indianapolis, including the throwing portion.
Jones was given the opportunity to show off his arm in front of scouts from all 32 NFL teams and five NFL head coaches at Ohio State’s pro day on Friday, and his former head coach Urban Meyer liked what he saw from his former gunslinger.
“I was worried about him because the hamstring is a big part of throwing the ball,” Meyer said. “But he has been getting treatment and he has handled himself like a pro and I am proud of him. I thought he had a good day.”
Jones, who threw passes to multiple receivers on pro day including Braxton Miller, Michael Thomas, Nick Vannett, Ezekiel Elliott and Jalin Marshall said sitting out at the combine was the first time he had ever missed a football related event due to injury.
The Glenville product had all eyes on him as he took snaps from both under center and the shotgun and threw a variety of routes, connecting on most much to the delight of family members and friends on hand.
Thanks to Jones, Miller was also able to show off his skills from his wide receiver position and added he thought Jones was impressive.
“He looked great,” Miller said of Jones. “I told him to launch that thing on that go (route) and he over threw me. He has still got it man. That’s still the strongest arm I have ever seen.”
Jones, whose workout was choreographed by quarterback guru George Whitfield said he will now turn his attention to meetings with individual teams adding that just because his pro day is over, doesn't mean he can relax until the draft.
“It’s just a nonstop grind. Usually after a season you get about two weeks to recover and stuff like that,” Jones said. “But after this season, I just got right into training and it wasn't easing into it. It was full go to get ready for the combine.”
With the draft still more than a month away, Jones said he has been working on his touch in the off-season with Whitfield, something he showed on multiple passes Friday afternoon.
“That was one of my main focus points of today, showing touch and accuracy,” Jones said. “I don’t think anyone in their right mind would question my arm strength.”