The Buffalo Bills selected Ohio State QB Cardale Jones on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 253-pounder would have been a first-round lock if he had entered the draft last year, but decided to go back to OSU to try to win back to back titles, instead having a ‘meh’ season despite winning all 11 starts as a college QB.
Although Jones will be playing in frigid Buffalo and will likely be third-string behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel, the 23-year-old celebrated getting drafted like he was the first overall pick.
This is awesome for Cardale, who sat patiently on the bench at Ohio State for two years before being thrust into the spotlight to show his gifts after J.T. Barrett got hurt in the final regular-season game in 2014.
Bills GM Doug Whaley is excited for what Cardale brings to the table, but admits that the road to succeeding in the most difficult position in professional sports is a long and treacherous.
“We like his skill set, and he has the potential to be a franchise guy,” Whaley said. “Is he there yet? Absolutely not.”
And if QB isn’t a good fit, the Bills may want to consider giving him a shot at linebacker.
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