Draft Profile: BioC.J. Stroud from Rancho Cucamonga High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Stroud was heavily recruited but ultimately chose to join Ohio State.
After playing little In 2020 as a freshman Stroud saw action in 12 games in 2021 for the Buckeyes as he threw for 4424 yards on 443 attempts with a completion percent of 71.6 for an average of 10.0 yards per pass, with a huge 44 TDs, while taking 12 sacks, and a QB rating of 130.8.
After leading the statistically best offense in the nation in 2021 at Ohio State (No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.2 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg), and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg)) season Stroud was awarded the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Vety smart signal-caller who is a natural leader with great instincts and the ability to quickly cycle through his reads
- Good zip and elite ball placement on the quick slant. Good touch down the seam and on post-corner, flag routes to attack the defense vertically and horizontally.
- Incredibly productive quarterback with elite intangibles - who broke Rose Bowl single-game record with 573 passing yards in a come from behind victory over Utah
- Looks like a traditional quarterback with good tangibles at 6-3 and 218 pounds
- Enough arm strength to drive the ball through tight windows up to 20 yards downfield. Spreads the ball around to multiple receivers.
- Gets the ball out quickly, making ·splitsecond decisions. Good short to intermediate level accuracy, demonstrating the ball placement to allow receivers to run after the catch.
- Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver. Will step up into the pocket while looking downfield, reset his feet and deliver.
- Athletic - Stroud is a threat to leave the pocket and gain positive yardage although does not look to run - had to escape the pocket only 48 times in 2021. Possesses very good vision balance, elusiveness, and deceptive speed and can be elusive when looking to escape.
- Possess an NFL level arm. Gets the ball from one hash to the opposite sideline in a hurry. Has the zip to hit tight windows on short and intermediate throws.
- Great accuracy overall, including excellent accuracy on short timing routes to backs and receivers, placing the ball slightly in front to lead receivers to potential yardage after the catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Had a few struggles earlier on in the season - however, this is to be expected at the start of any QBs college career
- Suffered with some inconsistency issues although it's difficult to see any major issues in his game
- Had elite talent around him during the 2021 campaign - will face a bigger test in 2022 without being able to throw to superstar wideouts
Scouting Report: SummaryAssuming Stroud doesn't take a major performance drop-off this year he is in contention for being picked number one overall in the 2022 NFL draft. He has the size, ability to throw from the pocket, and a pretty much perfect release you look for in a franchise NFL QB.
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