Some NFL scouts were none too impressed with Cardale Jones, both in terms of mechanics and intellect. Here's the writeup on Jones:
CARDALE JONES, Ohio State (6-5, 250, 4.80, 4-5): Non-qualifier out of Cleveland Glenville High under coach Ted Ginn Sr., redshirted in 2012 and was third string in 2013-'14 until injuries struck. Played spectacularly in three-game stint culminated by a national title. Started eight of the first nine games in '15 before being benched for J.T. Barrett, then declared a year early. "You can't pass a talent like that," said one scout. "If you're going to bet on one, bet on a guy with all the talent if he shows you enough want-to." Passer rating of 97.2, rushed for 617 yards. "Kind of reminds me of a poor man's JaMarcus Russell," said another scout. "At least JaMarcus had some touch. This guy just throws the ball. His mechanics are all over the place." Added a third scout: "Strong arm. Big, big body. Not the brightest cookie in the world. I worry about him when he gets money in his pocket. I just don't know if it's all there mentally." Wonderlic of 25.
Poor man's JaMarcus Russell? That's low.
Edit. Should really put my thoughts on Jones in here instead of letting scouts trash him. His arm is incredible and he should have left last year. Meyer has only ever put one QB in the NFL for any real length if time - Alex Smith. I attribute that to an offense which allows QBs to get away with non-NFL habits. For example, defenses were so afraid of Elliot that Jones could stare down a receiver or only focus on two receivers instead of the whole progression. If Jones had left last year, he would have developed and retained fewer of these bad habits. He is a project. The right coach can work with that big arm of his but much patience is required.