(High Upside Potential)
PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
C.J. Stroud's skill set and physical abilities make him a versatile quarterback who can excel in a variety of offensive systems. His arm strength, accuracy, and ability to read defenses make him an intriguing prospect for NFL teams looking for a quarterback who can stretch the field vertically.
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
As a passer, Stroud is accurate with a strong arm. He can fit the football into tight windows, especially on layered throws between LB's and safeties down the middle. His ability to throw outside the numbers beating coverage, and placing the football only where his receiver has the best chance stands out on tape. C.J. Stroud possesses arm talent in critical areas of the measure. He can throw with touch at all levels, get the ball out quickly when needed, and fire a laser down the seam. Stroud does a good job feeling and handling pressure, but there are moments where you would like to see him use his legs a bit more to keep a play alive.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
As a runner, Stroud leaves a lot to be desired. Not considered to be a great athlete, but he does possess enough speed to make a play with his legs. If there was an area where he could improve his game in the immediate future, it's as a runner. Stroud does not need to become Vince Young or Bryce Young as a runner, but keeping a defense honest with his legs will only help open up more options in the passing game.
Stroud throws with great anticipation and puts his receivers in a position to be lucky after the catch. He is not the athlete Justin Fields presented while at Ohio State, but Stroud proved he could be every bit as good as a passer, and when needed, he can pick up a first down with his legs. Continued improvement with his footwork and timing will further elevate his top-ten NFL draft status.
KEY POSITIONAL FACTOR GRADES
Awareness (Very Good)
Arm Talent (Very Good)