"It's going to be dictated by the team that takes him, the amount of patience and the relationship he develops with the quarterback coach."
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is surely giving many NFL teams sleepless nights, with his limited game tape and colorful personality, his ability to have success at the next level is widely debated.
Urban Meyer recently spoke with the Akron Beacon Journal, and spoke in detail about the maturation of a man that once claimed he wasn't at Ohio State "to play school" and that the team and situation he is put in will dictate his success as an NFL player. The head coach noted that Jones is very much a relationship guy, and that the bond with his quarterbacks coach and other staff is vital to his performance on the field.
Meyer specifically noted Jones having a hard time adjusting when former quarterbacks coach Tom Herman left for University of Houston after their Championship season, and that for the large quarterback, discipline could be where he succeeds or fails.
"Whoever drafts him will have to have a little bit of patience," Meyer said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "The unfortunate thing in the NFL: there's not a whole lot of patience."
Meyer ranked Jones' size as a 10 and his accuracy and football knowledge an 8 out of 10. Jones has been getting some extra help ahead of the NFL Draft, working out on the west coast with George Whitfield Jr. and is focused on his mechanics and fundamentals.
"Miller grew up in Springfield. He also attended a Reds game with the Buckeyes in 2015 when they were honored for winning the national championship."
Ohio State's quarterback turned receiver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Great American Ball Park, Monday at 7:10 p.m. before the Cincinnati Reds take on the Colorado Rockies.
This may be Miller's second time visiting GABP -- the first being in 2015 following the National Championship win --, but this will be his first time taking the mound. The former quarterback shouldn't have any problem making it to plate, but just how accurate will he be?
Miller isn't the only NFL-bound Buckeye to take the mound for the Reds, Columbus-native Darron Lee -- also a former high school quarterback -- will try his hand at the ceremonial pitch on Wednesday before the 12:35 p.m. game against the Rockies.
"Running backs aren't supposed to be taken at the top of the first round, the current rule holds, but Elliott's versatility and supreme talent suggest that he's worth ignoring the rules altogether."
There are some standard practices when it comes to the NFL Draft, but it seems like every year there is at least one team that is willing to buck the trend for that rare exception of a player. Barnwell at ESPN argues that this year's exception is the Buckeye running back, Ezekiel Elliott.
Barnwell describes Elliott as, "the athletic, powerful, short-on-weaknesses running back who has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson."
The long held belief has been to avoid using high first round picks on running backs, with Todd Gurley going at No. 10 overall in 2015, surprising quite a few experts. Elliott's versatility and "supreme talent" could cause teams to clamor their way to the top of the draft board to try and snag the block-happy, do-everything back.
With running backs having considerably shorter careers than at other positions, a lot more is riding on teams to decipher between potential booms and/or busts heading into the draft. If Elliott ends up being the next Adrian Peterson, whatever team he lands with will consider it a win; if the young back follows the career of Trent Richardson, however, the future will look a lot less bright.
"Saturday, more people gathered to watch an Ohio State practice than there were in total attendance for every Akron home game..."
Not only did Ohio State break the all-time attendance record for a spring game at any university in the country, ever(!), but they also account for four of the top ten attendances for a spring game in history.
The Urban Meyer era, also ushered in a new environment in the spring, one that doesn't consider a Saturday in April a mere scrimmage, but rather one that illicit a game-day experience each and every time the football team takes the field in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State holds the top three spots in all-time attendance numbers, from years 2009, 2015 and 2016, but also holds the No. 10 spot with 81,112, from Meyer's first year as head coach, 2012. As far as rivalries go, Alabama holds four spots, No.s 5 thru 8, but Michigan has never had over 80,000 people attend their spring game.