Colin Cowherd reveals what finally “sold” him on Texans QB CJ Stroud

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It's no secret that Colin Cowherd has been very critical of Texans QB CJ Stroud, and the organization's decision to draft him at No. 2 overall.

Cowherd believed the Texans should have waited until next year's draft to take one of the top college QBs. He was of the opinion that Stroud didn't have as much mobility as some other options set to come out in the 2024 NFL Draft.

He even went as far to say the Texans would end up with one of the worst records in the league and would end up drafting another QB the following year. Cowherd also didn't realize the Texans traded their No. 1 pick to Arizona in the Will Anderson deal.

Stroud's player comp pre-draft was Jared Goff with more mobility. Now all of a sudden, that sounds like player any team would want to lead their offense.

So why the change of heart all of a sudden? For Colin, it was the final drive against the Bengals that changed everything for him.

Looking ahead

Colin and his co-host John Middlekauff also discuss how Stroud's success makes Bryce Young look like a bust, and how the draft and a ton of money in free agency can really bolster Houston's roster in 2024.

With Stroud running the Texans offense, players are going to want to come to Houston.


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The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner, and the Astros have already been linked to several intriguing names across baseball.

Astros GM Dana Brown has reportedly been in conversations with the Mets about first baseman Pete Alonso and pitcher Luis Severino, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden.

Bowden is also reporting that Brown has asked about Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker, Cubs first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, and White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet.

Considering the Astros' needs, pitching appears to be the club's top priority, with Justin Verlander still on the IL and Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers not guaranteed to contribute this season.

While it would be nice to upgrade at first base, Jon Singleton and Mauricio Dubon have done a decent job since Jose Abreu was released earlier this year.

The other factor to consider is which teams will actually be sellers at the deadline. It's hard to believe the Mets and Diamondbacks will be looking to sell based on their records at the All Star break. New York currently holds the third wild card spot, and the D-Backs are only a game behind them.

Be sure to watch the video above as we examine which players would be the best fit for Houston, what they would have to give up in the trade, the likelihood of getting a deal done, and much more!

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