I appreciate your reply and points are valid...I guess I didn't convey mine clearly enough...however he decided to stay which I cannot fault him for at all. Surprised me and many other people, including the "experts". His maturity and desire to get his degree are both refreshing and revealing showing that he has grown up a lot since his infamous tweet and it reveals a deeper relationship with his coaches and team mates than any of us will ever know IMO.
Great for Ohio State and hope it works out best for him as well. This HAD to be a difficult decision no matter how much he says it was easy. If for some reason he doesn't win the job and ends up sitting for the year or gets hurt etc his chances of being drafted into the NFL could potentially be ruined. Even Meyer himself (if he wasn't playing mind games with everyone) said Cardale's stock would likely not get higher than it is now. I tended to agree as I feel Meyer would prefer Brax or JT as starter given their running prowess.
To answer your questions even though the point is moot at this time...
1. Brady was 6th round pick because of that lack of arm strength WITH college experience greater than 3 games.I fully believe Cardale would've gone 3rd-4th round at latest....just my opinion
2. Brees is exception to rule given his height of 6'0" and was considered a bit of a reach at beginning of second round but his pedigree could not be argued as he essentially carried Purdue while he was there.
3. And, I don't remember saying NFL caliber with respect to being ready to step in and play right away...in fact I think I mentioned that I doubted he would be vying for a starting job at this point. He would need at least 2-3 years to learn the game at the NFL level before being "the guy" for any team.
4. Furthermore, by saying he is more of a "prototypical" NFL QB than Brax and JT doesn't exactly mean he is "better" than either of them as it relates to playing QB at tOSU. Does it mean he is not as good a QB as Brax or JT if one of those other IMMENSELY talented players gets the starting nod?? Not at all. He has shown he is as at least as good. I fully believe that Brax or JT could've led this team to wins against Wisky, Bama and the ducklings....IF he is not the starter next year It simply means Brax or JT fit better into what Meyer and Co envision for the offense. SEE Tebow. and Alex Smith..being the starter and Mr Everything in Meyer's offense doesn't automatically translate into a stellar NFL career.
5. Also, by "prototypical" I mean size and arm strength--which is all that seems to matter outside of durability (which is a wild card since he only played in a handful of games) to NFL scouts. Given his sheer size and strength, I am pretty sure he would be fairly durable. He punished some pretty big players in the Alabama and Oregon games. Ask Landon Collins if he is solid...haha. Cardale is more of a "pass-first" type of QB or "pocket passer" if you will than the others...especially Brax. JT is as good in the passing game just lacks the size and arm strength of Cardale...and I thing Cardale may be a bit more accurate...which all separate him in the eyes of NFL scouts.
All of that being said...this was not a comparison of Cardale, Brax, and JT as it relates to playing QB in College at tOSU (like my post said)...it was more of a "I think he will get drafted because of his NFL characteristics" of which he has more than Brax and a slight edge over JT given sheer size and strength...that is all
I've said it before and will say it again...the type of offense we run at tOSU and that Meyer loves DOES NOT prepare players for the NFL. You can put up HUGE numbers and win Heisman's etc and still not be the apple of an NFL scout's eye...it is just a fact we will have to deal with...I, for one, can live with it while Meyer brings us multiple National Championships!
At this point if he doesn't play much next year his best possible scenario that I can see is a Matt Cassel type of thing...
BUT...I am HAPPY he is coming back, because IMO we are better with Cardale than with JT and Brax has huge ??? on whether he will even be healthy. If we can find that deep threat receiver to replace Devin Smith (calling Jonnie Dixon!) we will be great with #12 in the game. Otherwise, JT may be the better fit to keep defenses honest on the QB run.