Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Jones: Jon Gruden's QB Camp sets up for intriguing season

Jon Gruden's QB Camp series returns this spring on ESPN for its — hard to believe — seventh year. This year's series will again feature many of the quarterbacks expected to be taken in the NFL draft. That includes North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, Michigan State's Connor Cook, Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Memphis' Paxton Lynch and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

"This year's crop is more of the pocket-passing type, not so many of the running quarterbacks,'' Gruden said. "Some are underclassmen that could have stayed another year for seasoning, but at the end of the day I think there are going to be three quarterbacks that go in the first round, perhaps four."

The most interesting of the prospects might be Jones, who has seen only limited action, but won a national title at Ohio State.

"Perhaps the biggest mystery in college football history,'' Gruden said. "Who is he? He comes out of nowhere, takes the cape off and the Buckeyes win the national title, and I haven't seen him since. He's inexperienced and there's not a lot of film to look at. He'll be one of the most intriguing shows we've ever done."

Gruden will tape the show at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, where he will spend time with each prospect in the film room and on the field. Excerpts of the visits will be featured the same day on SportsCenter, NFL Live and other shows. But the actual Gruden QB Camp shows will begin April 12.

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