YardBarker- In Bob McGinn’s assessment of the draft’s top quarterbacks for the Journal Sentinel, one NFL scout blasted the former Ohio State quarterback by comparing him to the biggest draft bust of all time.
“Kind of reminds me of a poor man’s JaMarcus Russell,” said the scout. “At least JaMarcus had some touch. This guy just throws the ball. His mechanics are all over the place.”
“Not the brightest cookie in the world,” said another scout. “I worry about him when he gets money in his pocket. I just don’t know if it’s all there mentally.”
This is just so goddamn insulting, and no, I am not speaking on behalf of Cardale Jones. He's a big boy and he can defend himself. I am standing up in defense of all the real poor man's Jamarcus Russell's out there - much like myself - that were truly disrespected by this critique. Just throws the ball? Next to no mechanics? Didn't really learn shit in college? Came out of school overweight and proceeded to eat and drink with no regard for his long term health or athleticism? That's me. I am the poor man's JaMarcus Russell, and the reason why is quite simply. I sucked really bad at football, didn't particularly care all that much, and I'm far poorer than Jamarcus Russell. This unnamed scout better get his act together, because proclaiming that there is an actual prospect that has such minuscule NFL potential that he warrants the "poor man's" tag really trivializes just how bad JaMarcus Russell was. I don't know if Cardale Jones has what it takes to maintain a long, successful NFL career. I do know that whatever he does have is certainly more than Jamarcus Russell had, and it's infinitely more than whatever us true poor man's Jamarcus Russell's had.
This is just lazy analysis at it's finest. Does every husky black quarterback with a huge arm require a JaMarcus Russell reference somewhere in their scouting report? We just going to act like Byron Leftwich wasn't a person? Don't you think he would like to have his own corresponding poor man? Are we just trying to make up for the football games JaMarcus Russell didn't play by keeping his name in circulation? He paid for this publicly, didn't he? He's just out there slipping NFL scouts his unearned money under the table to indirectly say that he is better than someone. I bet he thinks if he gets enough respected people to state "Cardale Jones is worse than JaMarcus Russell" then people will just ignore the entirety of his career and that opinion will stick. That's my best guess, because even the least complimentary of Ohio State game tape showed me no man more underprivileged -athletically or otherwise - than this guy...