Whichever team drafts former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones later this month must be patient with him, according to what Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said to Marla Ridenour of The Akron Beacon Journal.
“I think there’s going to have to be patience, an excellent quarterback coach that’s going to have to earn his trust,” Meyer said. “There’s going to have to be a great relationship there; he’s a relationship-type guy. He and [former OSU offensive coordinator] Tom Herman were very close and that took three years. It’s going to be dictated by the team that takes him, the amount of patience and the relationship he develops with the quarterback coach.”
Jones has the size for his position at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, and almost singlehandedly led Ohio State to a national championship in 2014 after starter J.T. Barrett broke his ankle at the regular season’s close. He started for the Buckeyes last season but was benched midway through due to inconsistent play.
And given Cardale Jones’ reputation for being a bit immature at times, Meyer has hit the nail right on the head regarding his professional development. Whichever team picks him later this month needs to realize that he will not be an immediate impact player, but rather someone who will need to be developed over time.
That said, so long as Meyer’s words are heeded, Jones could very well enjoy a nice NFL career.
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