The Ohio State football team has produced another NFL starting quarterback as CJ Stroud is officially listed as a starter for Houston.
The Ohio State football program and head coach Ryan Day have produced yet another starting quarterback for an NFL franchise. Second overall pick and former Ohio State Buckeye, C.J. Stroud, has been listed as the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback for Week 1.
This comes as no surprise as NFL teams are more quickly willing to give their top draft picks playing time early. And CJ Stroud was probably the most NFL-ready quarterback of the last draft class which included Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, and Will Levis.
Hopefully Stroud can succeed at this level, but it’s going to be tough. When Stroud got drafted, I stated how I believe that he was put into a tough situation. But the reality is that any top-five NFL draft pick is going to a rough team, and it will be difficult on that said player.
Stroud started all three of Houston’s preseason games and showed solid growth over that time frame. Stroud finished the preseason 11-20 for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also showed some good pocket awareness and a willingness to throw the ball downfield, something that often takes rookie QBs some time to do.
Overall, I’m excited to see what Stroud can do in his first season. I think he’s definitely the most polished quarterback to ever come out of Ohio State and his game seems to be translating to the NFL nicely. The Texans take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road for his first game. Not a great way to make your NFL debut but it has to start somewhere.
Hopefully, Stroud plays well and leads the Houston Texans to some wins in 2023 and they can surround him with some more weapons for the 2024 season.