Will former UCLA QB Josh Rosen be the first QB taken in the 2018 NFL Draft? Is he worthy of that draft position? Is he a better prospect than former USC QB Sam Darnold? That is what many NFL draft analyst will be asking themselves over the next two months.
Rosen is battling with crosstown rival Darnold, Wyoming QB Josh Allen and Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to be the top ranked QB in the 2018 class. It seems as though the battle is really between the two Los Angeles signal-callers. In terms of where Rosen ranks among all players in this year’s draft, it seems the UCLA QB has some serious competition.
According to The MMQB’s Big Board, Rosen is the No. 9 prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft:
A pure pocket passer with advanced feel in the pocket and impeccable ball placement, Rosen is probably the most pro-ready of the QBs in this year’s class. He won’t make plays late in the down like Sam Darnold does though, and durability is a question mark. He also has the kind of beat-of-a-different-drum personality (hit the Independent Thought Alarm) that will surely cause some evaluators to bristle.
Rosen is not the top ranked prospect, that would be Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, nor is he the top ranked QB according to The MMQB. Sam Darnold is ranked as the No. 6 prospect.
Despite only going 6-6 this season, Rosen was phenomenal for the Bruins in 2017. Rosen completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,756 yards, 26 TDs and 10 interceptions. His 341.5 passing yards per game ranked No. 3 in the country.
NFL scouts seem to really like what Rosen brings to the table from a pure football perspective. Of course, his brash commentary and big personality have rubbed scouts and media members alike the wrong way in the past. However, Rosen had an incident free junior season and looks to be the prototypical NFL QB prospect.
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