As we’ve done in years past, we’re doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. See the full list of players we’ve covered so far here.
Background: Stroud is a Brooklyn native and was a notable receiver and defensive back for the Fort Hamilton Tigers, catching 41 passes for 614 yards (making him the second-highest receiver in the state) as a senior. With Stroud’s help, Fort Hamilton went to back-to-back City Championships, and tallying a 25-0 record across his junior and senior years. Stroud was named to the “Brooklyn Big 44” as well as selections to All-City and All-State teams. After a season at Fork Union Military Academy to prep, Stroud enrolled at Rutgers in January of 2008 and was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and was rated 21st among prep school players and fourth among prep receivers. Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Brian Jenkins was his position coach at Rutgers and after two years at Rutgers, Stroud transferred to Bethune-Cookman, where he played his junior and senior seasons aiding the Wildcats to a 9-3 finish in 2012. Stroud had 26 receptions for 293 yards with his best game as a senior coming on October 20th with four receptions for 60 yards and one score in the team’s 48-3 blowout win over Norfolk State. Stroud was said to run a 4.4 40 yard dash at the Rutgers Pro Day this spring.
2013 Projection: Stroud has an NFL ready body, but will need to work on his ability to separate downfield as well as to get a clean release on inside routes. Stroud should also work with Sanjay Lal on using his size to create wider throwing lanes/targets for his quarterback. Even so, with his size and timed speed Stroud is a project player as of now.