Houston Texans C.J. Stroud Reveals His Top 5 Active Quarterbacks — Including Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields — on The Game Day’s Caps Off Podcast

Posted: Jun 7, 2023

Last updated Jun 7, 2023

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NYC, June 7, 2023:

NEW YORK, NY - C.J. Stroud, one of the top Rookie of the Year candidates after being taken No. 2 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, recently shared his top 5 quarterbacks in an exclusive interview with Adam Tabatchnick of The Game Day, sparking some controversy with the inclusion of Bears QB Justin Fields.

Stroud, who had an outstanding collegiate career at Ohio State University, has set himself up to be the next rising star in the NFL. As a first-round draft pick for the Houston Texans, his expertise and insights into the quarterback position carry weight and generate excitement among football enthusiasts and fans alike.

“The Caps Off Podcast, presented by The Game Day, tries to find the hot takes and fun around the NFL, and this interview was no different,” Tabtacknick said. “I was surprised to hear C.J. Stroud pick Justin Fields, but it’s such a great opportunity to get players’ real thoughts through our fun, non-traditional interviews.”

In the interview, Stroud unveiled his esteemed list, recognizing the remarkable talent that Ohio State’s football program continues to produce. His selection showcases the depth of skill and the bright future of quarterbacks emerging from the Buckeyes’ ranks.

The top 5 quarterbacks identified by Stroud, in no particular order, are:

  • Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles: A dynamic and dual-threat quarterback with exceptional athleticism and the ability to make plays both through the air and on the ground who is fresh off a Super Bowl appearance.
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: A two-time Super Bowl champion with a cannon arm, remarkable accuracy, and the uncanny ability to create mesmerizing plays that defy conventional football logic, widely regarded as the best QB in the NFL.
  • Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: poised and talented quarterback with excellent decision-making skills, impressive accuracy, and the ability to lead his team with confidence, even under pressure. Burrow won a Heisman Trophy in 2019 with LSU.
  • Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: A physically gifted quarterback with a rocket arm, remarkable mobility, and the ability to make jaw-dropping throws while also posing a significant threat as a runner. He had his breakout season in 2020, setting Bills franchise records for single-season passing yards and touchdowns.
  • Justin Fields, Chicago Bears: A highly touted quarterback heading into his third season with a strong arm, exceptional athleticism, and the potential to become a dual-threat playmaker capable of making game-changing plays.
  • “Caps Off’s interview with Stroud shows how the hosts can relate to both players and a Gen Z audience with fun, engaging and controversial content,” said Olivia Witherite, VP of Digital at The Game Day. “By giving young podcast talent the opportunity to interview up-and-comers in the NFL, the league helps grow the next generation of fans and get lighthearted and eye-opening content that they might not see in traditional media.”

Although CJ’s top 5 has generated media interest, it wasn’t the only top 5 Tabatchnick of the Caps Off Podcast asked rising stars at the NFL Draft. Guys like Jordan Addison, Will Anderson, and Zay Flowers all praised their top 5 favorite players in the league.

Rankings have become notoriously synonymous with Caps Off, which has amassed more than 75 Million views since September 2022. The podcast is the first of its kind, a social-first and fan-driven community, otherwise described as Gen Z’s NFL Group Chat.

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