Cardale Jones is a really difficult evaluation due to his limited amount of starts. Jones started 3 games as a sophomore, but the games were the 3 most important games of the season. He led Ohio State to a win against Wisconsin (to cement their place in the playoffs), win in the CFB Semi-Final against Alabama and National Championship against Oregon. In all of these games Cardale showed off an NFL calibre arm and the ability to make plays outside the pocket.
Jones decided to come back to Ohio State after his sophomore year to continue to develop his craft. He would enter a quarterback competition with J.T. Barrett and eventually win out to start as a junior for Ohio State. Cardale Jones would have an up and down year and eventually be benched for J.T. Barrett. However, as a start Cardale would remain 11-0 and many would question his benching for J.T. Barrett.
Cardale Jones at 6’5″ and 253lbs has a prototypical franchise quarterback frame. Jones has elite arm strength and the ability to make big throws down the field and outside the hashmarks. Jones also possess good mobility, both inside and outside the pocket. He is difficult to takedown in the pocket due to his size and strength. Cardale has proven that he isn’t afraid of big moments and he has the ability to elevate his game when the game is on the line.
Jones has a competitive drive and is a type “A” personality. He wants to go out and make the throw that wins the game for his team. He is a proven winner with the ability to become a franchise quarterback and play in a variety of offensive systems. Jones has the ability to develop into a franchise quarterback and be the face of a franchise for the next 10 years.
Cardale Jones needs to improve his consistency as a thrower. He has shown the ability to make all of the throws required in the NFL, but has had some accuracy challenges. This is note a huge concern, when you consider he only started 11 games.
As a spread quarterback, Jones will also need to prove that he can play under centre as he spent most of his time in the shotgun. This will be a requirement from teams who run a pro-style offense. Cardale Jones is also best suited to be drafted by a team that has an incumbent, allowing him a year to develop and continue to polish his game.
Cardale Jones possesses all of the tools of a franchise quarterback as well as the leadership skills required to lead a team. He could use a year to develop, without having the immediate pressure to start for a team. Jones has elite size and arm strength as a quarterback, he is the type of player that can extend plays by shedding tacklers and using his legs. The type of arm talent and mobility that Jones possesses is reminiscent of Daunte Culpepper. If given time to develop, Jones could have similiar success in the NFL.