Cardale Jones Plays his way out of First Round


Sep 19, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) throws under pressure versus the Northern Illinois Huskies during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. The game is tied 10-10 at half. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Even Cardale Jones is having a hard time keeping up with the Ohio State QB situation.

— ESPN (@espn) September 20, 2015

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones came into the season has a projected 1st-rounder in the 2016 draft. He has all the prerequisite tools of an NFL and played well down the stretch of the 2015 season, ending in a national championship. Then coming into this season, there was some doubt as to whether or not he would be the starter this year.

At first, I wondered what was going on but after seeing play the first two games, I could see why. And still, I had him in my 2016 Top-5 quarterbacks prospects even though I was losing confidence in him. All the draft experts still had him as a top-5 quarterback prospect and projected to go in the first round as well.

But after Saturday’s performance against Northern Illonois, he’s out of my top five, out of the first round. I’m sure the draft experts see it the same way as he may not even be draftable to me. He should definitely stay in school as he even demoted himself to 2nd-string on his Twitter account.

Jones started the game and threw two bad interceptions early on before T.J. Barrett came in for him. Barrett finished the game but I certainly wouldn’t say he was a whole lot better than Jones. At this point, Jones needs to go back to the quarterback lab and straighten up his mechanics the next couple of years.

I can’t help but wonder if Jones would have come out last year if Al Davis were alive and had the No. 1 overall pick.

But he isn’t so he should stay in school.