Cardale Jones won’t be in first-round mix without starting job

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones is widely regarded as one of the top signal-callers in all of college football and his physical tools are very intriguing.

However, there is a growing belief that Jones may not be in the first-round discussion whenever the 2016 NFL Draft rolls around.

Jones is currently locked in a heated quarterback competition at Ohio State with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. According to ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, beating out his competition is going to be key for Jones’ draft stock.

Kiper says that Jones “has great physical tools, but he won’t be in the first-round mix unless he can win a starting job in Columbus.”

Last season, Jones threw for 742 yards and five touchdowns in just two games. The wins were Ohio State’s biggest of the year as they went on to win the national championship.

Now, it’s time for the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder to add to his resume.

Will he be able to do enough?

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