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Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in 4th round

Quarterback Cardale Jones led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national championships in 2014.

Quarterback Cardale Jones led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national championships in 2014.

The Buffalo Bills finally drafted a quarterback.

On Saturday, they used their fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft, 139th overall, on Ohio State's Cardale Jones.

The 6-foot-5, 253-pound Jones played in 23 games for the Buckeyes and was 11-0 as a starter, the best winning percentage for a quarterback in school history.

Three of his wins were among the most important in Ohio State history: postseason triumphs against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Oregon in the national championship game.

For his career, Jones threw for 2,323 yards with 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 61.9 completion percentage.

General Manager Doug Whaley said Jones would be the Bills' No. 3 quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.

"We think our situation's good for him," Whaley said. "He's going to come in and be a three, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for awhile, with EJ and Tyrod. We like his skill set. He's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not. He's got a lot of work and a lot of ways to go.

"But this guy's driven, this guy's a proven winner. He's undefeated."

Said Jones, "Playing the waiting game was the longest three days of my life, really. But it was all worth it to be in a position to play for one of the top organizations in the NFL. So I'm just extremely excited."

After taking all of the first-team reps in the spring of 2015 and beginning last season as the Buckeyes’ starter, Jones struggled enough to be replaced by J.T. Barrett. Jones' tremendous arm strength, and jersey No. 12, earned him the nickname “12 Gauge.” NFL scouts like his considerable poise in the pocket and the fact he also has good mobility to buy time or run for big gains.

One of the biggest knocks on Jones is inconsistent accuracy and the fact he wasn’t asked to do a lot of reading of coverages in Ohio State’s offense. He has a tendency to lock onto receivers too often, which will be a major problem against NFL defenses. He must develop greater sense of anticipation, especially when it comes to his internal clock while in the pocket, and timing with his receivers.

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