With the 2018 NFL Draft roughly three weeks away, could another Southern California-bred quarterback in former UCLA Bruins QB Josh Rosen be taking his talents to The Land?
Depending on who you ask, Rosen is considered by many draft analysts to be the top overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. As a freshman, the 6’4 218-pound, Manhattan City-born golden boy exploded onto the national scene in throwing for 3,670 yards and 23 touchdowns.
After playing in only six games his sophomore season, Rosen would miss the remainder of it due to a shoulder injury suffered in a 23-20 loss to Arizona State, Rosen was considered an early Heisman candidate as he threw for 1,15 yards with ten touchdowns and five interceptions.
In his junior year, Rosen bounced back to the tune of passing for 3,756 yards, 26 touchdowns and ten interceptions. In what was billing as the Battle Of The No.1 QB, Rosen outduelled crosstown rival—and projected top overall pick—in USC Trojans QB Sam Darnold in throwing for 421 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-23 loss.
While he may not have won on the field, Rosen showed the poise, downfield accuracy and touch needed to be a franchise QB, despite not playing in his team’s bowl game—as he suffered a concussion—surely issues about his thin frame—lack of interest and off-the-field issues along with durability will raise a few red flags amongst NFL front office personnel and general managers.
Could he possibly be the one for the Browns?
Per media reports, the Browns were “impressed” with Rosen during a recent private workout. While many mocks have Cleveland tabbing Darnold, this is silly season and one doesn’t truly know what teams will do. Could Rosen—who once stated that he didn’t want to play in Cleveland—and now does, suddenly wangt to be a Brown?
Is Rosen suddenly hot in Cleveland? Somewhere, Betty White is blushing.
Right now, only time will tell.