2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Tracking the Buckeyes

Quarterback ?Cardale Jones

Year: Redshirt junior

Height: 6-foot-5

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 dont think I get a lot of credit for how cerebral I am when it comes to being the quarterback, he said. I think Im 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 dont want a job. I want a career. Jones looked forward to interviews with individual teams. I dont get a lot of credit for my knowledge of the game. I dont think OSU gets a lot of credit for the responsibilities they put on a quarterback. I cant wait to shock them, he said. A native of Cleveland who attended Glenville High School, Jones doesnt 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 Ive been living with the last three or four years, he said.

Marla Ridenour