2023 NFL Mock Draft: Expert Picks & Analysis

1. Houston Texans: QB CJ Stroud — Ohio State

While Stroud might not be the No. 1 overall player on most boards, he’s atop several QB rankings and is an early favorite to be selected first overall. Among college football’s top hurlers, Stroud has the best mix of arm strength, accuracy, and size. He’s excellent from the pocket, delivering pinpoint passes to some of college football’s top wideouts. In two years at Ohio State, Stroud has completed over 71-percent of his passes with a 7-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

The Texans have no choice but to go with a signal caller here. Following a promising rookie campaign, Davis Mills hasn’t progressed as the team hoped in Year 2. Even though Houston’s skill positions are among the league’s worst, Stroud has the type of skill-set that can cover up these shortcomings.

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