2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Tracking the Buckeyes
Quarterback ?Cardale Jones
Year: Redshirt junior
Weight: 253 pounds
What stands out: Jones could have turned pro after leading Ohio State to victories in the final three games en route to the 2014 national championship. Asked if he regretted returning, Jones said, “Of course not. Last year I was coming off three games playing, maybe less than 200 snaps in my career.” But while he departs with an 11-0 record, Jones lost his starting job last season to J.T. Barrett. “To me, it was a disappointment for the personal goals and things I wanted to accomplish, but everything that happened was for the betterment of the team,” Jones said. Jones feels prepared for the NFL now. “The experience I gained this past year. The size. Ability. And my knowledge of the game, my smarts. I don’t think I get a lot of credit for how cerebral I am when it comes to being the quarterback,” he said. “I think I’m ready for that level. Only time will tell. My goal is to get my foot in the door and let my preparation and leadership take it from there. I don’t want a job. I want a career.” Jones looked forward to interviews with individual teams. “I don’t get a lot of credit for my knowledge of the game. I don’t think OSU gets a lot of credit for the responsibilities they put on a quarterback. I can’t wait to shock them,” he said. A native of Cleveland who attended Glenville High School, Jones doesn’t think playing for his hometown Browns would be a distraction because of the proximity of family and friends. “I had more family and friends in Columbus than in Cleveland because of my teammates, guys I’ve been living with the last three or four years,” he said.
— Marla Ridenour