QB Cardale Jones: Drafted
Round 4, Pick 139
Team: Buffalo Bills
33 3/4-inch arm length
9 3/4-inch hands
36 inch vertical jump
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 12 quarterback in the draft
No. 165 overall prospect
Ohio State Career: Recruited by Jim Tressel’s staff, Jones’ career at Ohio State got off to a rocky start as he was forced to attend Fork Union Military Academy for a semester before coming to OSU in the spring of 2012. He redshirted the 2012 season and got into some hot water with first-year head coach Urban Meyer with the infamous “we ain’t come to play school,” tweet. He was suspended for a game in 2012 and looked as though he would be a blip in Buckeye history.
After sitting behind Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton as a redshirt freshman in 2013, Jones found himself in a position in 2014 battling against J.T. Barrett to earn the right to backup Miller in the spring. Jones earned the backup spot in the spring, however Barrett passed him in fall camp, putting Jones as the No. 3 QB.
After Miller’s labrum injury, Barrett took over in fantastic fashion, breaking conference and school records on his way to a fifth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy standings. However, after Barrett suffered a broken ankle against Michigan, Jones was thrust into action, kick-starting one of the more unbelievable individual runs in college football history.
Jones started the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin, a team boasting a top-five defense, and completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three scores as the Buckeyes routed Wisconsin to advance to the first ever College Football Playoff.
Against Alabama in the semifinal, Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown, adding 43 yards on the ground as Ohio State upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide 42-35 to advance to the national title game against Oregon. In the title game, Jones overcame three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles) to lead Ohio State to the national championship. He threw for 242 yards on 16 of 23 passing and added another score on the ground.
Jones beat out Barrett for the starting spot to open the 2015 season with Miller moving to wide receiver, but aside from a solid performance against Virginia Tech in the opener he struggled.
After both Jones and Barrett split reps for more than half the season, Jones was benched in favor of Barrett. Jones finished his Ohio State career with a perfect 11-0 record as a starter, with 15 career touchdown passes against seven interceptions and 2,323 passing yards.
Jones Says: “I don’t think I get a lot of credit for how cerebral I am when it comes to being the quarterback. I think I’m ready for that level. Only time will tell.”