Jones is, of course, one of the most polarizing players in this year's draft. Standing 6'5" and weighing in at 253 pounds, with an arm that can throw a football 70 yards downfield, Jones is the most physically imposing quarterback available. As a redshirt sophomore, Jones had a heroic run for the 2014 national-champion Buckeyes, rising from the third string after injuries, throwing for 742 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions (and adding 90 rushing yards and a touchdown) as Ohio State defeated their remaining opponents. With his early success and physical tools, there was speculation that Jones would choose to enter the draft immediately.
Instead, he announced a return to school, but the next season wasn't so rosy. His offensive coordinator left to become the head coach of the suddenly-hot Houston Cougars, and his quarterback coach was (by his own admission) not prepared to instruct his players. Furthermore, Jones found himself in a position battle with the previous year's starter, Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett. Jones won the job, but it wasn't a convincing victory. After he struggled through a set of wins, Jones was benched for Barrett.
That, there, is the challenge with Jones. If you're evaluating him on results, while he has an undefeated record, he's a 24-year-old prospect with only a handful of games started. He disappointed his coaches, and ended up benched in his final college year. Yet if you look at traits, you can see the pocket presence and game vision that suggests Jones has the right attributes - beyond his raw talent - for serious NFL potential.
Jones continues a trend that dates back to first round pick EJ Manuel, and previous quarterbacks to be linked with the Bills pre-draft like Brock Osweiler and Cam Newton. They place value on quarterbacks with arm strength and tools galore. The question is if they can find one who is capable of developing into his tools. As the third-string quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor and Manuel this year, Jones will have time to develop - but we'll have to see what the results look like in a couple years.
2016 Bills draft picks