Scouting Reports

Sunday Sleeper: Quarterback, Cardale Jones

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I tend to favor production over potential, but that’s not the case with Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones exploded onto the scene in 2014 winning a National Championship with solid performances in his first three starts to end the season in place of injured starter T.J. Barrett. Jones choose not to enter the NFL Draft but opted to return to Columbus as a junior in 2015. After five inconsistent performances, Jones lost the starting job to Barrett. Jones finished his college career as a backup but boasts all the tools to someday burst onto the scene in the NFL the same way he did in the Big Ten.

Cardale Jones | Quarterback, Ohio State

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Height – 6′ 5″
Weight – 253 pounds
Year – Junior

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At First Glance

BCS National Championship 2014


Projected Round:

3rd Round

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Big and athletic.

Has a cannon for an arm and can make all the NFL throws in a vertical system.

Can drive the ball down the middle of the field with velocity.

Stands tall in the pocket with the size, toughness and durability to take shots.

Good mobility to escape the pocket.

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Very raw and will need time to develop.

Relies too much on arm strength and doesn’t alway step into his throws.

Inconsistent accuracy and decision making.

Can hold the ball too long.

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NFL Player Comparison:

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings


The Vikings Slant

Vikings fit? Yes

The Vikings will be looking to add a fourth quarterback before training camp. Finding one with size and arm talent may not be a bad idea. Paul Allen, play-by-play voice of the Minnesota Vikings said on KFAN FM 100.3 Nine to Noon program that the Vikings have an interest in taking a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft. One potential candidate he said they could be considering is Cardale Jones.

How important is 2016 for Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson? Well, Zimmer has sent a clear message that there will be no more excuses and it’s time to go now. Yes, Zimmer is serious about his quest to be more than just NFC North Champions and that could mean no position is exempt from drafting future competition.

The Vikings have few holes to fill in the stating line up, so, drafting a quality backup quarterback with future starting potential could happen as early as the third round.

Jones, affectionately known as “Twelve-Gauge” around Buckeye country, is 11-0 as a starter completing 166 of 269 throws (61.7 percent) for 2322 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Built for a pro-style vertical passing attack, few quarterbacks in any draft can match the exceptional tools and arm strength Jones has to offer. The Big-Armed passer stands tall in the pocket and rarely appears rattled. His quick over-the-top release, smooth mechanics, and improved accuracy will have the Vikings looking at as much film as possible. Jones will need time to develop, but under the right coaching staff he has the potential to emerge as the top signal caller in this class.[/vc_column_text]

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Carl Knowles

Carl Knowles (Contributor) is a former member of the Professional Bowler Association and an avid lifelong Vikings fan. When he is not bowling you can find him on websites and forum pages sharing his creative insight and enthusiasm for the Minnesota Vikings any chance he gets. Carl was a Phoenix Institute of Technology and Purdue University standout who currently enjoys the challenge of being a graphic director in the printing business. You can follow him on twitter @carlknowles_vt.

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4 years ago

Good pick Carl. A few of us were just talking about Cardale’s potential at work at the end of the week. We were all in agreement that he would be a good back up and could be a starter in just a year or two. Certainly has a much better arm than Teddy and much less likely to have balls tipped by D linemen, good football IQ and no character issues either. Certainly not going to be another Tebow.

Matt Russ
Matt Russ
4 years ago

Intriguing pick, Norv would love the vertical potential. As is the case with D-line prospect Oakman, scouts drool over physical attributes, but aren’t there ‘intangible issues’ not mentioned in fit assessment?

4 years ago

idk. not too impressed. i’d let him sleep

Reply to  CalVkg
4 years ago

I agree if they can get him in the 3rd round, then send him to that guy who works with quarterbacks, the one who worked with Bradey, Peyton Manning, and Tebow
In 3 years I see him being more like Cam Newton

4 years ago

I would be shocked if somebody does not take a chance on Jones in round 2. What do you think about a 6 or 7th round choice of Vernon Adams from Oregon? He lit up the all-star game and reminds me of Russell Wilson lite.

4 years ago

Not for me.What I read about this guy smells of a “boom or bust” prospect.Has accuracy and consistency issues,very limited starting experience,and couldn’t nail down the starters job at Ohio State.
The only QB the Vikings have been linked to is Jake Rudock from Michigan.The Vikings have worked him out and he came along in leaps and bounds under Harbaugh.With further coaching in the pros could be a good option for the future.

Wisconsin Viking
Wisconsin Viking
4 years ago

No thanks

4 years ago

Not for me ~ Not that high ~ Now if he was there in the 6th or 7th round I would be fine with him ~

If they are going to take a QB in the first 3 rounds I would hope it would be someone like Jake Rudock ~