UCLA junior Josh Rosen is usually very outspoken, but has yet to make his intentions clear regarding the 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen is eligible to enter the draft this year, but could also opt to stay at UCLA for another season and play for new coach Chip Kelly. For his part, Rosen has only said, via Twitter, that he has not made any decision regarding the draft.
Please stop reporting false news. I have not made any significant decisions and do not plan on it any time soon. All you guys are doing is making me answer calls and texts from concerned friends and family members.
— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) December 7, 2017
Rosen is regarded as one of the top potential prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, should he decide to enter it. In his first mock draft of the year, ESPN’s Todd McShay believes that Rosen will be the No. 2 overall pick to the New York Giants.
Here is why McShay believes Rosen could be the choice for the Giants:
This is another team with a lot of holes, but none is more glaring than at QB. Eli Manning will be 37 at the start of the next season, and the Giants’ offense hasn’t scored 30 points in a game since the 2015 season (30 straight games). Davis Webb hasn’t been able to get on the field, and Geno Smith isn’t the long-term answer at the position. Rosen outplayed Darnold in their recent matchup, and I came away impressed from watching him from the sideline. Rosen is the most NFL-ready QB in this class. The biggest challenge for him will be selling teams on his love/need for the game and his “coachability.”
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.
Rosen will get an opportunity to impress scouts once again on Dec. 26 when the Bruins take on Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl. That game will be broadcast a 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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