The Buffalo Bills rumors have been flying all week as the 2016 NFL Draft has taken place. They have made some very good picks, but the selection they made with the No. 139 overall pick in the draft was perhaps the most intriguing move they have made in a few years. Buffalo brought in Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones.
Jones was, at one point, considered to be a potential No. 1 overall pick after leading the Buckeyes to a championship two years ago. Unfortunately, he was unable to back up that successful season with another big year in 2015. He ended up having a very disappointing year and dropped all the way to the fourth round.
Despite all of the concerns and criticism surrounding Jones, the Bills believe that Jones can become a franchise quarterback in the future for them.
Whaley – we like Cardale's skill set. He has the tools to be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not. #Bills
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) April 30, 2016
Last season with Ohio State, Jones ended up completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. The numbers don’t look terrible, but he was unable to put together big games. Jones did carry the football 64 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns as well.
At six-foot, five-inches, and 250 pounds, Jones has the frame to be a very good quarterback at the NFL level. He has received comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger due to his physical build. Jones has a long way to go to live up to that comparison on the field, but Buffalo obviously believes in his ability to get to that point.
Looking ahead to the 2016 NFL season, the Bills will have both Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel ahead of Jones on the depth chart.
We told you a QB was coming.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 30, 2016
Giving Jones a few years to develop behind other quarterbacks is exactly what the former Ohio State star needed. Buffalo seems to be a great fit for him at this stage of his career.
Rex Ryan and the Bills are hoping to get back into playoff contention this coming season. Adding as much talent as possible is the way to get back into contention, and while Jones may not play in the next couple years, he could pay off long-term.
"Big frame. Big arm. He has starting traits in the NFL."
— NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2016
There is no question that the Bills have to be happy with the draft they are having this week. Buffalo has been able to bring in both Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland to help their defense. Both of those players are going to come into town immediately and carve out a big role for their rookie seasons.
Adolphus Washington was the Bills’ third round pick and will add solid depth to the defensive line. Jones and Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams were the fourth and fifth round picks for the Bills, and both players have the potential to work their way into a future role.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see what ends up happening in 2016 for the Bills. It will also be interesting to keep an eye on Jones’ development and see if the Bills’ vision for him pans out. He has a lot of work to do to get to where he wants to be, but hard work pays off.
What do you think of the Buffalo Bills’ addition of Cardale Jones in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft? Do you think he can work his way into being an NFL starting quarterback? Let us know in the comment box below!
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