Rewind about 10 months and a lot of folks were talking about how poorly soon-to-be Houston Texans top draft pick C.J. Stroud performed on the S2 “football intelligence” test. Surely someone who bombed that could never turn in a great performance on the NFL stage, right?
How much should teams, fans and media read into a player’s S2 Cognition test? Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud says people should not place too much emphasis on results of the test that NFL teams use to evaluate a players ability to process information.
Stroud took the test multiple times and scored the lowest of the 2023 quarterback prospects, with 18 percent out of 100. The low score could be a red flag to some teams as they finalize their draft board and may lead to some questioning whether to take the prospect.
Maybe the NFL needs to dust off the ole Wonderlic and have another look. Or, maybe find another way, ‘cause the S2 is screwed too...
The NFL Draft was the last time Stroud had national level attention. So, what did he do the next time he got that spotlight? Immediately played 75-yard pitch and catch with Houston’s #1 receiver, Nico Collins, that’s what.
And, that was the pass heard ‘round the world. The bomb that went off letting every NFL viewer, no matter where their allegiances lie, that C.J. Stroud was a Hall of Fame career happening before our very eyes.
C.J. Stroud is now immortalized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, following a record-breaking performance two weeks ago.
The 470 passing yards Stroud compiled during the game broke a long-standing record for NFL rookies. St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger held the previous mark with a 453-yard showing during the 2002 season.
And it didn’t come close to ending on November 5. Just ask former NFL starting QB Trent Green:
There is no doubt that Stroud lit the NFL on fire. From jaw-dropping plays to major stats, to the touchdowns-to-interceptions-ratio and so much more.
CJ Stroud on 20+ yard throws this season:— PFF (@PFF) January 8, 2024
98.6 Passing Grade
140.5 passer rating (1st) pic.twitter.com/tYdRxZuBKs
Speaking of the TD/INT ratio, Stroud landed in the same conversation as Joe Montana and Tom Brady; two men in every single “greatest quarterback of all time” conversation.
When you get placed in a blurb alongside those two legendary single callers, you know you’re doing something right.
Three QBs in the last 50 seasons have led the NFL in Pass YPG and Pass TD/INT ratio in a single year— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) January 8, 2024
1989 Joe Montana
2007 Tom Brady
2023 C.J. Stroud pic.twitter.com/ifFVl2xTHD
The next challenge in Stroud’s career begins this Saturday. The challenge for Texans fans? Time to turn NRG Stadium Battle Red and rock the house.
And, even if nothing good comes out of the Wildcard game against the Cleveland Browns, Stroud has still delivered far more than any of us could have legitimately hoped for going into 2023.
LEGEND IN THE MAKING: #Texans rookie QB CJ Stroud has had a season for the AGES— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) January 7, 2024
- 4,108 passing yards
- 23 passing touchdowns
- 10-7 record
- Playoff Berth Clinched
- Most passing yards in a game by a rookie: 470
- Most passing touchdowns in a game by a rookie: 5
- Presumed… pic.twitter.com/xXcuM9AWXx