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Daniel Jeremiah: OSU QB C.J. Stroud, Patriots' Mac Jones Have 'A Lot of Similarities'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2022

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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote Tuesday in a scouting report of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud that he sees "a lot of similarities" between the 2021 Heisman Trophy finalist and New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.

He continued:

"Both guys see the field well, make good decisions and take what the defense gives them. They protect the football and understand how to manage the game. Neither player has outstanding arm strength or athleticism but both have excellent touch on the deep ball. Jones surprised a lot of evaluators with his success as a rookie and I could see a similar outcome in Stroud's future."

Stroud, 20, was superb in the 2021 season, throwing for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the Buckeyes to an 11-2 record, though they did fail to win the Big Ten or reach the College Football Playoff.

Nonetheless, it was a successful first season for the then-redshirt freshman and made him one of the top overall prospects to watch in the 2023 NFL draft.

Likewise, Jones had a successful rookie season with the Patriots, throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 17 games while completing 67.6 percent of his passes and leading the Pats to a 10-7 record and a playoff berth. He was named a Pro Bowler for his efforts.

One of the knocks against Jones is that his upside is that of a game manager, and that ramped up after a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills in December when he attempted just three passes in snowy conditions.

The Patriots lost four of their next five games after that, including a 47-17 trouncing by the Bills in the AFC Wild Card Round. But for a rookie playing in the shadow of former New England legend Tom Brady, it was an incredibly successful first season.

As for Stroud, Jeremiah noted in his scouting report that the Ohio State quarterback has "a nice blend of size, production and poise" and "deft feel on fades and over-the-top throws."

He added that the 6'3", 215-pound Stroud "never seemed rattled, which is impressive for a first-year starter at the position."

Stroud will have a big season ahead of him as he looks to prove he's a top-10 talent for NFL teams looking to upgrade at quarterback. If his current comp is Jones, he's already on the right path.

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