2023 NFL Draft Grades For Every First-Round Pick

2. Houston Texans: QB C.J. Stroud

Grade: A

There were rumblings Houston was considering a defensive player in this spot instead of a quarterback. Instead, the Texans threw an early curveball in the draft by taking the second QB off the board. C.J. Stroud is the most accurate thrower in the draft, and is coming off two monstrous seasons at Ohio State. He projects to be a Day 1 starter — and is an obvious upgrade over Davis Mills. Passing on a QB with this selection would have been potentially disastrous for the Texans. They did not make that mistake.

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