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Injury ends Combine early for Cardale Jones

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Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones pulled up with an injury during his second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday.

Jones told NFL Network on-field reporter Kim Jones he’s done for the day due to the injury and won’t throw in the on-field workout set for later this afternoon. That’s obviously disappointing for Cardale Jones, who never lost a college game as a starter and helped Ohio State win the 2014 national championship but was benched last season.

Earlier Saturday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer predicted on NFL Network that Jones would “kill it today” and said he’d been told by NFL people in Indianapolis that Jones was “going to move up in the draft today.”

Jones measured 6-foot-5, 253 pounds at the Combine. Though the biggest questions he probably has to answer for NFL decision makers involve his maturity and ability to process the game from the pocket, there’s a pretty good chance he would have impressed during the Combine workout with his arm strength and physical gifts. His unofficial time on his first 40-yard dash was 4.83, and it’s probably worth wondering why a quarterback would need to run it a second time.

Ohio State’s pro day is March 11, a little less than two weeks from now. It will probably be the best attended pro day by NFL coaches and general managers on the circuit, so Jones will try to get healthy enough to work out then. He’s been training with quarterback coach George Whitfield and former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook in San Diego.

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27 Responses to “Injury ends Combine early for Cardale Jones”
  1. Seprix says: Feb 27, 2016 12:36 PM

    Ouch. That sucks for Jones. I was hoping he’d be someone to buck the trend of the QB with raw athletic skills who is undeveloped and never succeeds.

  2. abninf says: Feb 27, 2016 12:37 PM

    So now he can’t throw. How convenient. He’s faking it.

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 27, 2016 12:41 PM

    I wouldn’t even take this guy undrafted.

  4. tjacks7 says: Feb 27, 2016 12:44 PM

    Run 40 yards and take the rest of the day off to catch your breath. Sounds like a case of Eddy Lacy Syndrome to me.

  5. cinzano08 says: Feb 27, 2016 12:49 PM

    Cardale should have left after his championship. He’d be a first rounder last year.

  6. qdog112 says: Feb 27, 2016 12:53 PM

    This unfortunate occurrence makes his return to OSU, take on the snowball effect. This is exhibit #2 why a player should not go back to school after raising his stock to it’s highest point.

    His stock is falling after being the MVP on the biggest stage. He has cost himself millions from that championship game, after adding millions to the OSU coffers.

    BTW, exhibit #1, would be to drop due to injury.

  7. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 27, 2016 12:57 PM

    Clearly faking it to hide his mechanical issues. Business wise it makes sense for him to do this.

  8. jackdaniels1 says: Feb 27, 2016 1:02 PM

    I get the feeling in 5 years this guy is going to bubble up to 300 pounds and be totally worthless. I shall call him Carwhale

  9. levanderwilliams says: Feb 27, 2016 1:02 PM

    With his throwing mechanics in question, this is no doubt a deliberate attempt to skate through the combine without putting his accuracy on display for the NFL scouts.

  10. whodey83 says: Feb 27, 2016 1:11 PM

    I’ll never understand why he went back to school. Can’t help but feel bad for the guy. He’ll end up slingin it somewhere.

  11. doubleogator says: Feb 27, 2016 1:13 PM

    Tight end?

  12. fordmandalay says: Feb 27, 2016 1:18 PM

    And with their Number One draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns choose…..

  13. mackcarrington says: Feb 27, 2016 2:15 PM

    They don’t ask backs to throw. Why do they ask QB’s to sprint?

  14. igornathanhiggers says: Feb 27, 2016 2:47 PM

    Good! I wish nothing but ill will on these party type kids who stay in college 1 year too long…They’re always ruining the excitement of the draft. Who’s that monster at Baylor who would have been a top 5 pick last year, but will only be a mid to late round pick this year? Oakman? Forget those losers!

    It’s no wonder the Qb’s who would be top picks, but then decide to stay in college to party one more year always flame out.

  15. chc4 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:31 PM

    I wouldn’t touch this guy before the 5/6 round.

  16. tjacks7 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    You are off your rocker if you think this guy would have been a first round pick last year. His flaws would have come out eventually. He went from a 3rd-4th rounder to an “I hope I get drafted” rounder.

  17. nflrule says: Feb 27, 2016 5:07 PM

    Saw him run at the combine…dude looks as fat as a guard.

  18. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 27, 2016 5:15 PM

    From Fail for Cardale to Watch Cardale Fail…what a difference a year makes.

  19. the610limited says: Feb 27, 2016 5:25 PM

    By the way, what was the 40 time for either of the Mannings? Marino? Elway? Or did they run? Agree w/previous poster…why make the QBs run? Granted, some try to make a living out of it (Kapernick, Vick), but most want to throw it or take the sack.

  20. abninf says: Feb 27, 2016 6:25 PM

    mackcarrington says:

    They don’t ask backs to throw. Why do they ask QB’s to sprint?
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    Because backs don’t have to throw in a game but QB’s do have to sprint. Unless they’re going to stand back and be a statue.

  21. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Feb 27, 2016 6:53 PM

    abninf says:
    Feb 27, 2016 6:25 PM
    mackcarrington says:

    They don’t ask backs to throw. Why do they ask QB’s to sprint?
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    Because backs don’t have to throw in a game but QB’s do have to sprint. Unless they’re going to stand back and be a statue.

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    Actually, mobility within the pocket is far more important than straight-line speed for a QB. It’s rare that a “pocket passer” sprints in a game.

  22. getitrightflorio says: Feb 27, 2016 7:20 PM

    He is a Bum.

  23. trollaikman8 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:13 PM

    This guy is trash anyway. UDFA…a day 4 pick.

  24. getoveryourself999 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:20 PM

    Actually, mobility within the pocket is far more important than straight-line speed for a QB. It’s rare that a “pocket passer” sprints in a game.

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    Until it’s 3rd and 5 in the 4th qtr of that playoff game and your QB has an opening to go for the 1st down by running. That one or two extra yards the faster QB’s can get before being caught can mean the difference between winning or going home.

  25. wallabear says: Feb 27, 2016 9:12 PM

    Brandon Doughty (QB). De’Runnya Wilson (WR).
    All Natural.

  26. shlort says: Feb 27, 2016 9:18 PM

    His style of play has been played out. He didn’t win anything at OSU, the team won and Jones was just along for the ride. He gets way too much credit. He will never make it in the NFL. He won’t even get drafted regardless of all the media hype.

  27. tonebones says: Feb 27, 2016 9:55 PM

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning probably had the two slowest 40 yard dash times in combine history. What’s the point in having QBs run the 40? What a joke.

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