Cardale Jones would have been Rd 2 pick in 2015 NFL Draft

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones was as impressive as any player in the national down the final stretch of last college football season, but he decided to pass on the NFL Draft in order to return to school.

Jones was not guaranteed the Buckeyes’ starting job, and it looks like he passed up on being a potential second round pick in this year’s class. But will Jones win the job?

“If I had to guess, I would [pick] Cardale just because his momentum is going uphill right now,” said former Ohio State WR Devin Smith, via ESPN.com.

It will be interesting to see what direction the Buckeyes go and whether they are able to repeat the success of last year’s national championship team, but one thing we do know is that Jones will be trying to prove he is a first-round talent.

As far as talent evaluators are concerned in their 2016 mock drafts, Jones will do enough to get in the first round — and potentially even the top ten — discussion.

ESPN’s Todd McShay also believes Jones has the potential to improve his stock this season.

“First he has to win the Buckeyes’ starting job in 2015,” McShay said. “But if he can gain more experience and improve his ability to read defenses and take care of the football, he has the potential to rise up teams’ draft boards. He has a big, strong frame and the arm strength to easily drive the football down the field.”

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