The Houston Texans played it safe and took C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick, finally landing their franchise quarterback for the future.
There was speculation about the Texans potentially not selecting a quarterback in this year’s draft.
Instead, they landed a signal-caller right away and then traded up to also grab defensive standout Will Anderson Jr.
So, when asked about his expectations and emotions when joining the Texans, the Ohio State product vowed to work as hard as possible to lead the team to success, adding it was meant to be:
“I know that it’s meant to be,” Stroud said, per the AP. “And I know that, with this franchise, it’s going be something that I’m really going to take very, very seriously and I’m going to work my tail off to get some wins.”
There were doubts about the Texans getting Stroud, not because of his skills but due to the fact that he’s represented by Deshaun Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta.
As you may know by now, things didn’t exactly end well between the Texans organization and Watson, so that could’ve been a bit of an impasse.
However, GM Nick Caserio made it clear that Stroud’s agent wouldn’t be a factor in their decision to either take him or not, and he stood by that word.
CJ Stroud interview immediately after being drafted and putting the Houston Texans hat on for the first time.
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Stroud was one of the best passers in the nation in his two-year stint as a starter for the Buckeyes, throwing for 85 touchdowns and losing just four games overall.
He’ll be expected to do a lot of heavy lifting for a Texans team that should look much better on defense with head coach DeMeco Ryans at the helm.
However, Houston still has some glaring needs to fill on their offense.
The talent is there and the work ethic as well, so Stroud could legitimately become the league’s next star.NEXT: Fans React To The Texans Drafting C.J. Stroud