C.J. Stroud Dec 31, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) looks to pass the ball against during the third quarter of the 2022 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Just a few weeks ago, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud was widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. But he’s recently slid down most draft projections after reports of a low S2 cognitive score and reports that Stroud was difficult to coach. It’s tough to discern what is true and what is a fabrication, but one team’s pick should make it very clear on Thursday night.

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk explains, the Tennessee Titans will likely reveal the truth about C.J. Stroud with their pick on Thursday night because head coach Mike Vrabel played and coached at Ohio State and still has plenty of connections to the school.

“Titans coach Mike Vrabel played at Ohio State. He coached at Ohio State. He undoubtedly knows people there, well enough to get to the truth about Stroud,” Florio pointed out on Pro Football Talk on Thursday. “If Stroud is good enough for Vrabel, that should be good enough. Regardless of the S2 scores or whatever other noise is out there.”

The Titans could either trade up to draft Stroud, wait and try to select him with the No. 11 overall pick, or pass on him entirely. Whatever they choose to do will speak volumes about Stroud.

[Pro Football Talk]