Bills fans probably noticed the photo of quarterbacks coach David Lee talking with Ohio State’s Cardale Jones following the Buckeyes’ Pro Day this past week.
It was a thought-provoking image, particularly if – like myself – you’re of the belief that Jones is the ideal project for the Bills in April’s NFL Draft.
Jones is not close to being the best quarterback in the draft right now. He was benched by Ohio State in 2015, after all. But he did lead the Buckeyes to the national championship in 2014.
Unlike when the Bills took EJ Manuel in the first round in 2013, they don’t need Jones to step into their lineup right away. Tyrod Taylor will rightfully be the starter next season, and as it stands now, Manuel will be back as the backup.
In Jones, the Bills would be taking a shot on a quarterback with undeniable physical tools. But he’s also got fewer than 300 throws on his college resume, and has accuracy and game management tissues that make him a boom-or-bust guy.
In the middle rounds, that’s OK. At that point, it’s worth rolling the dice on an imperfect prospect.