CJ Stroud isn’t worried about low cognitive test results

When the 2022 NFL season ended, there was a debate over who would be the first quarterback taken in the 2023 Draft between Bryce Young, of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and C.J. Stroudof the Ohio State Buckeyes.

With one day to go before the Draft, Young is marked as a heavy favorite while Stroud has been dropped due to a cognitive test. According to multiple reports, the one from Ohio State scored 18 out of 100 on the S2 Cognition test and was the lowest of all quarterback prospects in this Draft. NFL teams use that test to determine athletes’ ability to process information.

I’m not someone who takes exams, so I play football. At the end of the day, I have nothing to prove. I will not sit down and explain how I process football”, Stroud told The Charlotte Observer. “The people who make the selections know what I can do.

The Ohio State Graduate He’s 6-3, 214 pounds, and has a 78-inch wingspan with 10-inch-wide hands. Therefore, he has all the physical tools to become an NFL quarterback.


  • The high amount that the Panthers will pay to the first overall selection of the Draft
  • Brady, the best QB recruited outside the first round of the Draft

Stroud considers himself the smartest QB

In two years as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, Stroud had 8,123 yards with 85 touchdowns and 12 interceptions after completing 69.3 percent of his shots. Therefore, the QB declared for NFL Network that he is one of the smartest players in this Draft.

“I know that I have a divine talent, not only to play, but I have the intelligence. I think I’m too smart. I think if I’m not the smartest QB in this draft, I’m one of the smartest in the draft and in the NFL.Stroud explained.

His college award history includes the Big Ten conference Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2021 and 2022. Also, he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last year and he believes that you can’t be an unintelligent quarterback to play for Ohio State.

I don’t think you can play at Ohio State and not be smart.. At the end of the day, if you don’t trust and believe in me, the only thing I can tell you is: watch this,” said the 21-year-old QB.

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