Scout: Cardale Jones was 1st-rounder in 2015 draft

This season, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones has had a lackluster performance.

Last year, Jones finished off the season strong with wins in the Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl and National Championship Game. He could have declared for the 2015 NFL Draft, but ultimately decided to return to school.

That could be a costly move for Jones.

As it turns out, one NFC scout says that Jones would have been a first-round pick were he to declare for the draft.

“I’m never an advocate for players leaving school early when they aren’t ready to, but Cardale would have been in a weak quarterback class with very little tape for teams to pick at,” the scout said.

“His flaws would have been exposed quickly in our league, but I’ll bet you he would have gone in the first round. Now we can all see his flaws.”

It will be interesting to see how costly this season will be for Jones’ draft stock.

Entering the season, he was still viewed as a first-round pick. However, after three weeks, he is in a downward spiral and he will need to elevate his game very soon if he wants to remain in the first-round discussion.

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