NFL prospect C.J. Stroud reveals Ohio State fans sent him money on VENMO just so they could criticize him as he doesn’t use social media… amid reports the Cowboys are ‘intrigued’ by QB ahead of the upcoming draft
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud’s aversion to social media did not stop him from receiving hate messages from his own fans this season.
On an episode of The Jim Rome Show, Stroud said that he and a few of his Buckeyes teammates were subject to words of ill will via the popular mobile payment app Venmo.
The app requires that its users send messages to each other for each transaction, and it would appear that many disgruntled Buckeyes fans sent their quarterback money in order for him to see their rage.
‘For me and my teammates, man, if you have any source of social media or type of technology, Ohio State fans have it,’ Stroud revealed.
‘So, man, I was getting DMs – I don’t have social media throughout the season. I was getting DMs on Venmo, the money app, from fans telling me, “Play better,” things like that.’
C.J. Stroud said that Buckeyes ‘fans’ sent him money on Venmo so he could see their hate mail
Stroud didn’t seem to let those words get to him – as the quarterback tossed 3,688 yards and 41 touchdown this season as Ohio State cruised to an 11-2 record and a College Football Playoff appearance.
‘I learned so much from it,’ Stroud said. ‘But at the end of the day, I wasn’t trying to prove nobody right or wrong. Just prove ourselves right and who we knew we had.’
This comes with the news that the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interested in the draft bound quarterback prospect.
‘I don’t know the “how”, but (Dallas is) absolutely intrigued by Stroud,’ NFL sources told SI’s Mike Fisher.
Two things may prevent Dallas from getting him. The first is that they already have a franchise quarterback in Dak Prescott – who the team is considering signing to an extension.
The other is that Dallas isn’t the only team interested in Stroud – and he isn’t a diamond-in-the-rough prospect.
Stroud is considered one of the top quarterbacks (if not the No. 1 quarterback) in the upcoming 2023 draft.
With teams like the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers all in need of a QB, they all could be looking to draft Stroud – either with their current picks or by trading up to the No. 1 overall pick held by the Bears.
Stroud said he avoided social media this season – as he tossed 3,688 yards and 41 touchdowns
Reports claim that Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones are interested in Ohio State passer
If no trades occurred prior to the draft, at minimum, Dallas would need to move up to the No. 3 pick held by the Arizona Cardinals and hope the Texans don’t take Stroud second overall.
Arizona needs help on their defense – and there are a number of heralded defensive prospects at their disposal. So, it’s not likely they would be willing to move all the way down to the Cowboys’ pick at No. 26 overall.
That would leave their only other option as swinging for the No. 1 overall pick held by the Chicago Bears.
The Bears are in the same boat as the Cardinals as a team that would likely not want to have to move all the way down to pick 26 and needs a lot of help. However, the Cowboys do have one thing the Bears desperately need: wide receivers.
Whether or not Dallas would be willing to trade a piece like CeeDee Lamb or Michael Gallup isn’t clear. But Chicago knows multiple teams will be interested in their spot – so they can afford to be price-setters in the draft market.