Ya… those professional scouts mostly had his as a top 10 pick.
Pre hip injury, he was arguably the #1 pick. It didn’t matter that Burrow was bigger, stronger, and outplaying him in the same conference.
It was so burned into peoples brain that Tua would be “the guy,” that “Tank for Tua” posts even existed.
I didn’t love him being lefty, his overall stature, his demeanor, his injury history, and the significant injury he was dealing with even at draft time.
Let’s be super clear- you declaring Stroud and Young as future NFL studs at this point means very little.
As ZTonyG and LMP pointed out…. These 2 guys are playing with Olave, J Williams, Metchie, JSN, Harrison Jr, Billingsley, and a pair of 1300 yard RBs…. Not to mention with NFL OLs and typically playing with a big lead.
I’m not saying that one or both can’t be good. It’s just really hard to assess guys playing hold em with pocket Kings every hand.
Stroud is literally going from the best WR Corps in the nation to the best Wr Corps in the nation.
When you know you will have 3-4 shots a game where your guy will simply win big on his route and pop off for 50-70 yards… it’s easy to throw it away when it’s not there.
That’s why all the guys I’ve listed had ridiculous TD/INT ratios. They are usually winning, so pressing downfield into coverage isn’t necessary.
Tyler Huntley was trying to throw in tiny windows with Donald and Miller on his back…. Stafford was throwing to Kupp running around uncovered.
Stafford tried to see openings that weren’t there through 3 quarters, and it went badly. His guys had enough talent that eventually his arm and their routes won out.
Lawrence went from Tee Higgins A Rodgers, and a healthy Justyn Ross in 19’, to not much beyond Amari Rodgers in 20’…. Then he went to an aged Marvin Jones and no OL…
These guys should be improving their completion percentage, yards per attempt, td to int ratio every year. They are often playing as 19 year old and growing into men throughout their college careers.
We often get distracted by anyone who puts up video game numbers, and try to convince ourselves this will be different.
If Stroud balls out next year, and busts, he could… THEN can we never talk about another OSU QB again til one proves a playoff winning nfl QB?