University of California Los Angeles Quarterback Josh Rosen has declared for the 2018 National Football League Draft. But Rosen’s draft stock has taken a hit with some of his actions the past year, so he’s going to have an uphill battle in order to still be taken high in the first round on April 26th, according to a SB Nation article which you can see here.
The most notable ding against Rosen’s draft stock is his brutal honesty about being a student-athlete in a Bleacher Report article, which you can read here. There were two comments in the article that really caught traction where Rosen said “football and school don’t go together” and “Raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have.” Which a lot of people didn’t take too kindly because they expect Rosen to be politically correct and have those perfect soundbite answers that don’t give anything besides the typical answer.
Rosen has also been photographed wearing a “Fuck Trump” hat while playing golf at one of President Trump’s properties, which some are saying reflects poorly on his character. And yes, I’ll agree that it doesn’t look great but he’s a young kid who doesn’t know better. Everyone has photos from their college years that would cast a negative light on their character, so really let’s just move on from this.
In a stroke of genius in my humble opinion, Rosen put a hot-tub in his freshman dorm mainly because there wasn’t a rule that said he couldn’t. Which before you start in on Rosen being a spoiled rich kid with Ivy League parents, I want you to take a step back and think about the ingenuity of this move. Rosen didn’t break a rule putting in the hot-tub so really I think that reflects positively on his character rather than negatively. It shows he likes to think outside the box, which is honestly a character trait I appreciate in a QB.
There are also reports that Rosen has said that he doesn’t want to play in Cleveland, which can you really blame him? Cleveland QBs don’t really go far in terms of success so I do not blame him for being vocal about actually wanting to succeed in the league. Sure, he probably should’ve kept that little nugget of information to himself and his agent but it’s out there so he should own it.
Now to address the article as a whole, while I understand why teams would have issues with Rosen’s character following the actions listed above, it’s bs. Teams need to stop looking at what Rosen did and actually sit down and talk with him. The only way that teams are really going to see what he’s about and how he operates and thinks is to meet with him during the combine and do their usual routine of weird questions. Then if Rosen bombs those interviews then we can talk about his draft stock, until then let’s just relax and enjoy the playoffs.