NFL draft expert: Cardale Jones will go in second round
Of the 14 Buckeyes expected to be drafted, Cardale Jones might be the biggest enigma of them all.
Some project the national-champion winning quarterback as a Day-3 lock after he lost his starting job to J.T. Barrett in 2015. Others believe he could be a late-Day 2 selection. Either way, the consensus is that Jones isn’t a finished product, but the arm strength and frame are there.
NFL Network draft expert Daniel Jeremiah doesn’t believe Jones will have to wait that long. In fact, he thinks the positives Jones has going for him will make him a solid Day 2 flier.
“I think a lot of people say fourth round, maybe a little later — he got benched this season — I’m going to put him in the second round,” Jeremiah said on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft”. “It might be the bottom of the second round, but there’s going to be a quarterback coach (or) an offensive coordinator who is going to go to the GM and say, ‘This guy has such rare physical tools, give me some time to work with him, I will get it out of him.'”
It isn’t a surprise to hear someone marvel at Jones’ physical talents. His quarterbacks coach, George Whitfield Jr., made headlines when he said that Jones has an arm unlike anything he’s ever seen.
The mechanics and accuracy were the two biggest aspects in question with Jones. But after what he called a “B-plus” pro day, he might’ve quieted some of those doubts surrounding his mechanics.
Jeremiah believes somebody will be willing to take on that project come Day 2.
“There is too much upside here. I think somebody risks it there in Round No. 2,” Jeremiah said on Path to the Draft.
NFLdraftscout.com still has Jones as the seventh-best quarterback and the No. 140 overall prospect, which would make him a late-fifth round selection.
Fellow B1G quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Connor Cook have been projected as possible second-round picks. All three, however, have had wide-ranging projections throughout the pre-draft process.
We’re only six weeks away from finding out where the people that actually matter feel about them.