CHICAGO — The 12-Gauge is headed to Buffalo.
The Bills selected Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones with the 139th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday. Jones becomes the first Buckeye quarterback drafted since the Oakland Raiders took Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. Before Pryor, the last Buckeye quarterback taken in the actual draft was Troy Smith in 2007.
Jones is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft considering how he burst on the scene and quarterbacked Ohio State to the first-ever College Football National Championship in 2014 in place of an injured J.T. Barrett. After he elected to stay in school for his redshirt junior season, Jones beat out Barrett for the starting quarterback job but eventually yielded to the then-sophomore in November.
However, Buffalo seems pleased to have Jones heading its way.
In all, Jones finished his college career 11-0 as a starter and with Big Ten, Sugar Bowl and National Championship victories under his belt. He threw for 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in 2015 and 860 yards, seven scores and two picks in his three starts to end the 2014 season.
Jones is set to join teammate Adolphus Washington in Buffalo, who the Bills took 80th overall Friday. He is the 12th Ohio State player taken in this year's draft and enters a quarterback room with Tyrod Taylor, E.J. Manuel and Josh Johnson.