Why the buzz around quarterback C.J. Stroud is warranted

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There are a few things that are near-certainties in the draft evaluation world.

One of them? The next quarterback class is always “going to be better.”

In reality, that may or may not pan out. That is the case this season, as uncertainty about the 2022 crop of quarterbacks has led some evaluators to think QB-needy teams might kick the decision down the road and focus on the 2023 draft for their passer needs.

Part of the reason for that shift in mindset? The play from Ohio State redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud.

After a slow start to the season, Stroud has turned it on down the stretch, and has played himself into Heisman contention, and the Buckeyes into the thick of the playoff picture. Let’s dive into six plays from Ohio State’s win over Penn State, and illustrate why the buzz is warranted: