Cardale Jones: Boom or Bust? It Depends on Him!

Former Ohio State QB Cardale Jones was one of the most polarizing draft prospects in recent memory. In 2014 when starters Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett went down with injuries, he led the Buckeyes to three straight post-season wins en route to a national championship. His impressive performances against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon led some scouts to believe he should leave school early as he possessed all the physical traits of a QB. Jones is 6′ 5″ and 250 pounds, with a pure rocket for an arm. He is tough to bring down with one defender and he can keep plays alive with his feet. It’s obvious why scouts were intrigued by him, but Jones is raw and has immaturity issues. Ohio State was able to maximize his strengths and minimize his flaws during their 3 game championship run. They ran the ball a combined 76 times with RB Ezekiel Elliott for 696 yards and 8 TDs. Jones was asked only to launch it deep to WR Devin Smith when he was matched up one on one, and he used his legs to convert third downs. Ohio State did not ask him to read and dissect defenses, because as 2015 proved, he struggled with it. He started the season as the Buckeyes QB but struggled with reading defenses and not turning the ball over as he threw 8 TDs but 5 INTs.

I believe Urban Meyer started Jones because of his upside, and how his big frame makes it very difficult for defenders to bring him down. This was evident in the season opener at Virginia Tech when Bud Foster sent lots of blitzes and about 3 or 4 times the Hokies defenders had Jones wrapped up but they could not bring him down for the sack. He was eventually replaced by J.T Barrett because of his immaturity and inability to protect the football. When Jones is forced to read defenses and make decisions, and cannot just chuck it deep against man coverage like last season, he struggles. He is a project for the Buffalo Bills and should sit the bench for a few years to develop, especially his short and intermediate accuracy and timing. I was surprised the Bills drafted Jones after their misfortunes with former 1st round pick E.J. Manual, who is another big framed QB with a strong arm but struggled with accuracy and turnovers. As a QB myself, I believe the most important physical tool of a QB is accuracy, and getting the ball out on time and on target. Jones needs to improve his accuracy and needs to mature a lot before he can become a starter in the NFL. Cardale Jones has a lot of upside and a cannon for an arm, but the Bills will need to be patient and really develop him into a guy who is comfortable reading defenses and throws the ball accurately with minimal turnovers. He is a major project, and it will be his maturity and willingness to sit and develop that will ultimately dictate his future in the NFL.

[Analysis by NFL expert Preston Rowe]

Maurice Jones Drew Overrated for 2014-5

Mauric Jones Drew (MJD) signs with Oakland Raiders

Although MJD’s listed atop Oakland’s depth graph, their backfield will take a committee strategy in 2014. We’ve heard it from several neighborhood beat authors. And notably, we’ve heard it from HC Dennis Allen, that acknowledges that there are really few bell cow joggers in the NFL.

Besides  Darren McFadden, Oakland’s backfield consists of the skills of Marcel Reece and Latavius Murray. Reece– an established receiver– will swipe some passing-down work . Murray’s a size/speed freak who’s now healthy after battling injuries last season.

We currently have MJD forecasted for 156 carries.  This truly is among the NFL’s murkier backfields.

Besides, the talent aligning somewhere else on Oakland’s crime doesn’t influence self-confidence. Matt Schaub is coming off conveniently his worst professional season. WRs James Jones, Andre Holmes and Pole Streater will not disperse much defensive interest. And while the O-line included substantial physical bodies in Donald Penn and Austin Howard, they are still enigma at LG and RT.

We advise targeting upside players in the middle rounds of drafts. Now 29, stuck in a timeshare and on maybe the NFL’s worst team, MJD merely does not suit our defintion of upside!

Mauric Jones Drew (MJD) signs with Oakland Raiders