Buckeyes’ QB Stroud declares for NFL draft

Published 6:11 pm Monday, January 16, 2023

By Jim Naveau

COLUMBUS – C.J. Stroud let the clock run down to the final day and then did the expected when he
declared for the 2023 NFL draft on Monday.
“This process has been difficult and the decision one of the toughest I’ve ever had to make,” Stroud said
in the announcement of his decision on social media.
“As a kid I dreamed of playing football at the highest level and after much prayer I’ve made the decision
that it’s time to turn those dreams into reality. With that said, I am declaring for the NFL draft. This isn’t
goodbye…Buckeye for life!” he said.
Monday was the last day college athletes could enter the NFL draft. There had been speculation that
Stroud was considering returning to Ohio State for a third season as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback.
CBSSports.com ranks the former 5-star recruit as the No. 2 quarterback in this year’s draft behind
Alabama’s Bryce Young. Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Stroud third among quarterbacks behind Kentucky’s Will
Levis and Young.
Stroud passed for 3,688 yards and 41 touchdowns with six interceptions this season. Last season he had
4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns with six interceptions. OSU was 11-2 in both of his seasons as a starter.
If Stroud is picked in the top 10 of this year’s draft he would become only the second OSU quarterback
to be taken in the top 10. Art Schlichter was the No. 4 overall choice in 1982 by the Indianapolis Colts.
Ohio State’s two starting quarterbacks before Stroud both were selected in the top 15 the year they
entered the draft. Dwayne Haskins went to the Washington Commanders at No. 15 in 2019. Justin Fields
was drafted at No. 11 by the Chicago Bears in 2021.
Ohio State’s No. 2 quarterback last season, Kyle McCord, and freshman Devin Brown will now
compete for the Buckeyes’ starting job.

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