Bob McGinn does a great job at breaking down NFL prospects, and he talks heavily with NFL scouts. Every year he writes a piece on players in the NFL Draft, and in his breakdown of the quarterbacks in the Draft, McGinn posted a very interesting article about Cardale Jones, because an NFL scout said something that causes some concern.
CARDALE JONES, Ohio State (6-5, 250, 4.80, 4-5): Non-qualifier out of Cleveland Glenville High under coach Ted Ginn Sr., redshirted in 2012 and was third string in 2013-’14 until injuries struck. Played spectacularly in three-game stint culminated by a national title. Started eight of the first nine games in ’15 before being benched for J.T. Barrett, then declared a year early. “You can’t pass a talent like that,” said one scout. “If you’re going to bet on one, bet on a guy with all the talent if he shows you enough want-to.” Passer rating of 97.2, rushed for 617 yards. “Kind of reminds me of a poor man’s JaMarcus Russell,” said another scout. “At least JaMarcus had some touch. This guy just throws the ball. His mechanics are all over the place.” Added a third scout: “Strong arm. Big, big body. Not the brightest cookie in the world. I worry about him when he gets money in his pocket. I just don’t know if it’s all there mentally.” Wonderlic of 25.
I am not sure I can say the same thing about Jamarcus Russell, but I know that some NFL teams love Cardale and his abilities to push the ball down the field.