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Road to the NFL Draft: Cardale Jones

Position: Quarterback.

School: Ohio State.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-5, 253 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds. Vertical jump: 36 inches.

Career stats: 23 games, 167 of 270, 2,323 yards, 15 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 153 carries, 617 yards, 4 touchdowns.

Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Lowdown: After taking all of the first-team reps in the spring of 2015 and beginning last season as the Buckeyes’ starter, Jones struggled enough for previous No. 1 quarterback J.T. Barrett to get back the job he had lost due to injury. … Has a 13-0 record as a starter and his dynamic play helped Ohio State to postseason wins against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon two seasons ago. … Incredible arm strength has earned him the nickname “12 Gauge.” … Solidly built to withstand punishment. … Good mobility allows him to buy time in the pocket or run for big gains. … Shows a great deal of poise. … Inconsistent accuracy and needs plenty of work on reading coverages, something he wasn’t asked to do in Ohio State’s offense. … Locks onto receivers too often, which will be a major problem against NFL defenses. … Must develop greater sense of anticipation, especially when it comes to his internal clock while in the pocket, and timing with his receivers.

They said it: “He had those three great games two years ago where he could have been a second-round pick last season. He’s the intriguing guy (in the draft), I think.” – ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

– Vic Carucci

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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