In the days leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, our editorial staff will profile some of the top prospects in the Class including quarterbacks Josh Allen (Wyoming), Sam Darnold (USC), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Josh Rosen (UCLA). We will also take a look at Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Bradley Chubb (NC State) and Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame). Our series begins with Rosen, a 21-year-old signal caller from Manhattan Beach, CA.
Less than two weeks before the 2018 NFL Draft, pretty much everything knowable is known about all the top prospects, especially this year when four quarterbacks are crowding the top rungs of everyone’s mock draft.
So regarding Josh Rosen, the UCLA QB who lit it up personally but not so much teamwise the past three seasons, we know his pluses include good accuracy and touch (60.9% career, 62.6% last year as a junior), big-play potential (59 career touchdown passes), textbook mechanics, including his tennis-pro footwork, and superior confidence.
As NFL.com’s Mike Mayock said before the Combine, Rosen “is the best pure thrower, best pure passer I’ve seen in several years. He’s on balance on every throw. He’s accurate, short, intermediate and deep.”
As for the negatives, scouts want to see improved mobility, anticipation and zip on his deeper throws. And there is the durability issue that derives from his 2016 shoulder injury and two concussions last season.
But what happens now is the paralysis by overanalysis that happens to all top picks every year, about things that won’t be known for months and years. For Rosen, the critics seem to focus on things like his motivation, passion for football and focus. And all of those seem to have one common denominator: What’s in Josh’s head?
Jim Mora, the Bruins coach for most of the last three seasons, provided…