Can CJ Stroud fix the QB curse?
I want you to name a quarterback in the Ohio State football program who went on to a successful career in the NFL. Go ahead, just one. What’s the problem, do you have any problems? Let me help you; it cannot be done. The Buckeyes don’t have a single one in their history.
Let’s take a look at some of the guys from the past. Justin Fields was a rookie last year and struggled, but I’m not giving up on him at all. Dwayne Haskins was a first-round bust before his tragic death in the spring. Terrelle Pryor had to move to wide receiver because he wasn’t succeeding as a quarterback.
Troy Smith had a few decent games but only started 8 games in his NFL career. Even Ohio State‘s best-chosen quarterback, Art Schlichter was ranked fourth overall by the Colts in 1982, was a complete failure, and went back and forth in jail due to gambling addiction.
The Buckeyes had great success with their quarterbacks while in college. Now the latest player to attempt to change this shoddy story is C.J. Stroud. Stroud might be the best hope Ohio State has had in a while for a successful NFL career.
Stroud will be a first choice. He could end up being the highest scoring quarterback in Ohio State football history next season and will be the franchise quarterback for an NFL team. I think he’s up to it though. He, unlike many of the previously mentioned quarterbacks, struggled early on from which he was able to bounce back.
Stroud’s response to adversity early last season will help him become a successful NFL quarterback next year. But it’s in a long time. Let’s first take advantage of what he has to offer this year.