CJ Stroud was selected second overall by the Houston Texans in 2023 NFL Draft.
CJ Stroud had been on scouts' radars for a long, long time. As a junior in high school, he was a top recruit ranked among the nation's best players, well before he showed his full ability on the field.
There was some debate as to whether he would go in the top five in the leadup to the 2023 draft, or if he would unexpectedly slide to outside the top-10.
Stroud made it look easy in two years as a starter at Ohio State - he lost just four of 25 starts and was named a Heisman trophy finalist in back-to-back years.
|2022 Stats||3,688 passing yards with 66.3% completion rate and 41 TDs, six INTs, 108 rushing yards with no TDs in 13 games|
CJ Stroud had a stellar sophomore season with the Buckeyes after taking over the reins from Justin Fields in his redshirt freshman year.
He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Quarterback of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2021, in addition to finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.
That was after a season in which he compiled a nation-leading average of 561.5 yards of total offense per game and a ridiculous 71.9% completion percentage with 44 TDs to just six interceptions.
In the team's final regular season game against rivals Michigan, Stroud threw for almost 400 yards and two touchdowns, but the Buckeyes still lost and missed out on the play-offs.
He went into 2022 with a lot of eyes on him and did not disappoint, putting up similar numbers as the year before and this time reaching the CFP Championship semi-final.
Stroud's 348 yards passing and four TDs were again not quite enough as Ohio State lost 42-41 to top-ranked .