OSU's Stroud is headed to the NFL
Star quarterback C.J. Stroud is taking his talents from Ohio State to the Lone Star State.
The latest: Stroud was drafted No. 2 overall last night by the Houston Texans.
- He will join former OSU QBs Justin Fields (Chicago Bears) and Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals) in the NFL.
- Fellow Buckeye Paris Johnson Jr., an offensive tackle, was drafted No. 6 by the Arizona Cardinals.
State of play: The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist threw 85 touchdowns for the Buckeyes against just 12 interceptions in 2021 and 2022.
- His career passer rating — which combines five major QB stats — is the fourth best in college football history.
- Being drafted second, he overcame reports from some NFL personnel that he was difficult to coach. He also faced questions about his alleged poor results on a pre-draft cognition test.
What he's saying: "I'm not a test taker, I play football," Stroud responded, a quote reminiscent of fellow Buckeye QB Cardale Jones' famous line about being in college to play football, not school.
The bottom line: Stroud never defeated the team up north, but he remains a true Buckeye great and now has the chance to prove himself as a Texan.
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