Since the common draft era began in 1967, Ohio State has drafted 14 quarterbacks. None of them made the Pro Bowl, but Houston’s CJ Stroud could become the first.
“There have been stories written about Ohio State quarterbacks that aren’t necessarily true, but that’s OK with me,” the Texas rookie quarterback recently said: By DJ Bien-Aime of ESPN. “My job is to go out there and prove me wrong and try to prove that we at Ohio State are preparing the right way.”
The second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft already looks like a seasoned veteran. After nine games, Stroud is second in the league in passing yards (2,626), ninth in passing yards (15) and 10th in QBR (63.2).
Even though the Ohio State QB is 91-128-1 in the NFL, Texas head coach DeMeco Ryans pointed out that Stroud’s early success proves that a prospect’s school won’t determine whether he becomes a star or a failure.
“Every player is different. You get quarterbacks that come from all over the place. It’s not just about one school,” Ryans said, according to Bien-Aime. “It’s more about that player than it is about naming a school.”
The Texans are 5-4 and have a good chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2019. The New York Times simulator notes that Houston has 52 percent chance to make the postseason.
Although this is only his first season, the 22-year-old is a cornerstone of the franchise that the team can continue to build around. Don’t be surprised if Stroud wins a Pro Bowl and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Since Friday, the bookmaker has been giving him the best chance (-1600) to win the prize.