To be clear, Jones used the word selfishly himself to describe his decision process, so I wasn't trying to call him selfish from my own perspective. And I'd agree that his coaches don't see it that way either, especially considering Urban Meyer's comments on Early Signing Day: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2017/12/89517/despite-early-signing-period-ohio-state-encouraging-players-to-take-their-time-with-nfl-draft-decisions
Ha, I hadn't even noticed that. That's South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers, who is from Miami, so he probably really was struggling with the cold.
Actually, that really doesn't have anything to do with it this year. Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Mason Rudolph are all participating in the Senior Bowl. The other top-rated quarterbacks – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson – aren't eligible because they aren't seniors.
The Senior Bowl now takes eight quarterbacks instead of only six, so right there, that leaves the Shrine Game with the ninth through 14th choices of quarterbacks, only including seniors. So you're right, none of these quarterbacks are great, and none of them are sure bets to be drafted. But considering that J.T. is no sure bet to be drafted either, I think it's still relevant if he outperforms all the other quarterbacks at the game. I'd say the quarterbacks in St. Petersburg are better than the ones participating in the NFLPA Bowl this week, which I say mostly based on the fact that John O'Korn is participating in the NFLPA Bowl.
To be clear, Jamarco Jones was invited to the East-West Shrine Game – and initially accepted that invitation – but is no longer participating. I'm not positive why – going to try and find out – but honestly, I think he'll be drafted higher than the vast majority of players participating in the Shrine Game, which could have something to do with it. Also possible he gets a late invitation to the Senior Bowl, as those rosters will be finalized later this week.
At events like the East-West Shrine Game and NFL Scouting Combine, scouts and other team representatives typically set up times to sit down and interview prospects that they're interested in. A good interview isn't going to turn a seventh-round pick into a first-round pick, or vice versa, but it is definitely a meaningful part of the process that teams go through with any prospect they're considering drafting.
Looks like we're back up and running, which hopefully means no missing numbers now if I did my job correctly...