On Friday, March 3, 2023, the NFL‘s top quarterbacks met with the media at the 2023 NFL Combine.
This is the beginning of the public portion of their NFL Combine experience, something they have been preparing for probably for the majority of their lives.
21-year-old C.J. Stroud of Ohio State did not hold back; he shared some noteworthy thoughts when he got to the podium.
Here is what he said.
1. He Is The Self-Proclaimed Best Player In College Football
He is confident in his talent and believes he has been the best player in college football.
C.J. Stroud is just getting started 📈 pic.twitter.com/lm0GTPtQkm
— PFF (@PFF) March 3, 2023
“I don’t even think I’ve hit my potential yet.”
Many would agree with Stroud’s self-assessment so it did not raise eyebrows.
2. His List Of Inspiring NFL Quarterbacks Is Intriguing
The least controversial on Stroud’s list is Joe Burrow.
Stroud added two more that have some controversy tied to them.
Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud on #NFL players he compares himself to:
Michael Vick in the pocket, Deshaun Watson, and Joe Burrow
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) March 3, 2023
Michael Vick is one, and the other is Deshaun Watson.
To be fair, he was talking about their style of play, but it still is an interesting list considering the off-the-field issues Vick and Watson had.
3. Stroud Does Not Want To Displace Justin Fields In Chicago
Stroud believes the Chicago Bears are Fields’ team.
He does not seem eager to displace his fellow Buckeye Fields in Chicago, but he has reportedly met with the Bears (along with many other teams) while at the Combine.
About Fields, Stroud said:
“He ain’t no [email protected]#n running back. He’s a quarterback. He can sling that rock…I don’t want to go there. That’s his team.”
Ohio St. quarterback prospect C.J. Stroud met with the Bears but pointed to Justin Fields’ future in Chicago: “He ain’t no damn running back. He’s a quarterback. He can sling that rock … I don’t want to go there. That’s his team.”
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) March 3, 2023
4. He Has Regrets About His College Career
Stroud believes he should have run the ball more.
He was forthright in admitting this and added:
“But there were times I didn’t run the ball when maybe I should have. I feel like that’s something that I learned and that’s what football is about. It’s about stepping back up to the plate and going back and working hard and fixing those problems. That’s something I plan to fix.”
Stroud also nearly stayed at Ohio State for the 2023 season for one reason, to beat Michigan, an achievement that alluded him.
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