Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott appear headed to the NFL

AP

After Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State today, quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott both suggested that they’re heading to the NFL.

Jones wrote on Twitter that it was his last game at Ohio Stadium. Elliott also tweeted after the game that it was his last game at Ohio Stadium as well.

By returning for this season at Ohio State, Jones likely cost himself millions of dollars. Ten months ago, Jones was riding high after leading Ohio State to the national championship, and he was widely regarded as a first-round draft pick. This year Jones struggled and was benched, and in the process put a lot of flaws on tape for NFL scouts to scrutinize. Jones still has the large stature and the big arm that NFL teams love, but he no longer looks like a first-round pick.

Elliott is generally regarded as the best running back in the 2016 draft class, though not as good a prospect as LSU’s Leonard Fournette, a sophomore who still has to wait another year before he’s draft eligible. Elliott has a good chance of being a first-round pick.

It wasn’t a good day for either player today: Jones watched from the sideline, while Elliott was held to just 12 carries for 33 yards.

49 responses to “Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott appear headed to the NFL

  1. Cardale Jones should have stayed in Ohio State for another year.

    I guess it’ll still possibly work for Cardale because he’ll be taken later, which means a better team with at least moderate success will pick him up, and who knows, maybe the Rodgers/Young thing can happen.

  2. Actually, the buzz down in these parts has been that Cardale Jones will follow Tom Herman to the University of South Carolina.

  3. EE also ridiculed the coaching staff. Tough loss but can’t air that in public. Have to admit I don’t mind the turmoil in that locker room this week but quite honestly, I expect to beat them Saturday.

    #GoBlue!!

  4. Oh dear, top college QB’s with years of starts struggle to make it in the NFL so what does this mean for Jones? Should have transferred.

  5. Cardale isn’t ready for the NFL, and this is coming from an OSU fan. He has no touch, his pocket presence is often questionable, and he tends to panic and run if his first option isn’t open. NFL defenses will eat him up if he’s indeed going to the NFL.

  6. It’s foolish to suggest Jones would have been a likely first round pick last year. He only played in a few games. It does make for a more interesting article though.

  7. “Cardale Jones should have stayed in Ohio State for another year.

    I guess it’ll still possibly work for Cardale because he’ll be taken later, which means a better team with at least moderate success will pick him up, and who knows, maybe the Rodgers/Young thing can happen.”

    He would have gone in the 3rd round last year best case…he is not a talented QB and WILL NOT be drafted. He happened to be the QB when his team hit full stride and Zeke Elliott ran for 800 yards in 3 games.

    I hope he does transfer or go to the draft…the Cardale experiment caused this debacle.

  8. seprix says:
    Nov 21, 2015 8:03 PM

    Cardale Jones should have stayed in Ohio State for another year.

    I guess it’ll still possibly work for Cardale because he’ll be taken later, which means a better team with at least moderate success will pick him up, and who knows, maybe the Rodgers/Young thing can happen.

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    So you anticipate Jones being drafted in the first round still? Hey, those teams picking at the start of the second are bad again!

  9. I don’t buy the talk that Cardale Jones would have been a first round pick last year. His sudden rise did make him the “stock of the moment”, but the same flaws mentioned here would almost certainly have been revealed in the pre-draft process. Odds are he would have fallen pretty hard and ended up as a third or fourth round pick.

  10. Wow… Yeah… They learned nothing from Ocho Zero and Terrell O… who’s own coach openly admitting dumping them for ‘team players’.

    Join your boy Ryan Mallett… Another ‘me first’ kid… Dumped and out of work.

    Selfish, hating on coaches, childish punk moves by both. Who wants that?… Other than maybe Jerry Jones…

  11. People who said Jones was a first rounder are the same people who thought Kaepernick was an NFL quarterback and the Colts hold have taken Leaf over Manning.

    Elliot will be a good back. He has good success with less touches than he should get playing in the OSU system, where the quarterback gets as many carries as the running back. Only thing is, NFL teams aren’t picking running backs in the top of the first round these days.

  12. Jones only starting OSU QB to never lose a game as a starter but yet OSU fans wanted JT well you got him today! Would have been nice to see Jones spread the field out similar to what we saw last year in the playoffs. MSU stacked the box because they were smart enough to know JT can only run the ball. JT is a poor man’s Denard Robinson.

  13. So you anticipate Jones being drafted in the first round still? Hey, those teams picking at the start of the second are bad again!

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    I didn’t say that. How did Green Bay get Rogers? Because more needy teams passed on him to get other QBs or players. The same thing can happen and has happened with numerous QBs throughout draft history.

    I didn’t think Jones was 1st round material, but I also didn’t think Manziel was 1st around material and look at that, a beta team took him in the 1st! Maybe the Browns or 49ers will take him in the first because they’re morons or something, I don’t know. I can’t say.

  14. He would have gone in the 3rd round last year best case…he is not a talented QB and WILL NOT be drafted. He happened to be the QB when his team hit full stride and Zeke Elliott ran for 800 yards in 3 games.

    I hope he does transfer or go to the draft…the Cardale experiment caused this debacle.

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    Heck yes he’ll be drafted! He’s better than Jimmy Clausen and that guy got drafted. He’ll be a later-round pick as a developmental guy, much like Logan Thomas was for the Cards last year.

    At this point Cardale is transferring or going to the NFL. He’s fed up with how Ohio State benched him (deservedly), so I’ll be interested to see how he does. But he’s not NFL ready, and I would want to play more college instead or burning bridges and stating that thing about the last snap in Ohio. But whatever.

  15. Cardale Jones will be lucky enough to just be a 6th round pick.

    Quarterbacks don’t do well in the NFL if they regress in college.

    Just go ask Matt Barkley and Logan Thomas.

    He needs to try out at tight end too. Otherwise, his career won’t even last 18 games.

  16. Can’t blame Zeke for questioning coahing in this game. Everyone was left wondering why he wasn’t getting the ball – poor play calling!!!!

  17. Cardale should have come out last year while the “iron” was hot! Elliott will go to the first RB needy team.

  18. natijim, really?? he had 12 tries at less than 3 ypc, that’s why. Instead of blaming coaching, and siding with a guy that did nothing on 12 carries, maybe it was the lack of a passing game that made Zeke ineffective, or just a poor attitude, but the evil genius you were so proud of last year deserves more of a break than in ineffective whiny RB

  19. Bobusch – no running back does anything with 12 stinking carries. He has 9 carries on one of their touchdown drives and 3 CARRIES THE REST OF THE GAME. Meanwhile, JT did nothing on 15 carries (JT out carrying Zeke….is inexcusable). Beck bungled this one up with a crappy game plan.

  20. Lol Cardale Jones? In the NFL? Hahaha you media people need to stick to your fantasy drafts. I can see a beautiful combination of teblow and jacarcus in Cardale.

  21. tennesseeoilers
    Nov 21, 2015, 7:06 PM CST
    Actually, the buzz down in these parts has been that Cardale Jones will follow Tom Herman to the University of South Carolina.

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    Welp, mindlessly trying to connect the dots must be the thing to do “down in your parts”. Tom Herman isn’t heading all the way out to South Carolina where he has no level of familiarity, especially if the main factor is them providing the chance for Cardale Jones to start for ONE season. Herman wants the Texas job as he coached under Mack Brown and Greg Davis to start his career. He’ll stay at UH for one more year to make that happen and allow them to fire Charlie Strong with less outrage.

  22. And much like Logan Thomas and Matt Barkley, who regressed in college Cardale will likely end up a….well….a Card.

  23. The offensive game plan was pathetic but it was still poor form to complain on Twitter . The QB run up the middle over and over was as predictable as the sunrise though. I just don’t get how an OC could repeat that play so many times when it wasn’t working .

  24. This is funny because I was reading some draft analysis earlier and the 1st round thing was a big “maybe”- Like maybe because he didn’t have much film to find the flaws in, someone could have reached and picked him, but no sure thing.

    To those who said Jones should stay at OSU another year, he’s already older than most college graduates and he’s 2nd string behind a younger guy. Why would he come back to be a 24 year-old backup? At least Braxton Miller (who graduated in 2014 and is younger than Jones, too) could showcase his skills at other positions. I don’t think Jones is going to play H-Back.

  25. I thought Cardale should have come out for the payday. We have running quarterbacks that have been in the league for a decade that don’t evolve. They only get beat up and slower. His extra time at OSU isn’t going to help him when a team tries to convert him into a pocket passer.

  26. OSU really screwed up by not going to a more pro-style QB. All the defense has to do is stand in the gaps and watch to see whether or not JT hands to EE, looks like he will run, or looks like he will pass.
    With no deep threat, the passing game is non-existent.

    Meyer has had 1 QB go to the NFL that was successful, Alex Smith. None of his QBs are pro-style types, they are all the run/athletic variety. This means that all of the pro-style QBs will go to Michigan or Michigan State.

    No pass threat means that when OSU lines up in the pistol or shotgun in short yardage, it will be a run by the RB or QB, or a short throw. All of these are easily defended.

    Fire Beck and Warriner and get a real OC for OSU.

  27. LOL.. Playing those ranked teams are tough. Once OSU finished playing high school teams it got a little tougher. I love the cry baby players on that team. When Alabama loses a game you don’t have the players blaming the coaching staff and everyone taking to social media to update all of us on their plans for the future. Cardale – You’re not ready. I hope Michigan hangs 60 on them. GO BLUE!

  28. Sorry Ohio State, but all good things must come to an end! Your game last night showed how “talented” your head coach truly is. With the schedule you’ve had up to this point, your team should’ve been putting up huge numbers against those teams. Overranked, Overhyped, Overrated and Underachieving!

  29. Finally! Urban Meyer exposed… His Tim Tebow offense sucks, does not prepare QBs for the next level, and chews up and spits out his pseudo-QBs.

    I still think he was complicit in enabling and protecting Aaron Hernandez while he was in college. Jones and Zeke need to get away from this guy….

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