NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- Josh Rosen
- Position: Quarterback
- School: UCLA
- Class: Junior
- Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California
- Height/Weight: 6ft 3/215 lbs.
- Games Watched: 2017 vs Texas A&M, USC, Arizona
Rosen was the best Quarterback on the Bruins roster in the Spring of 2015 and was expected to fill in for 3-year starter Brett Hundley. Rosen would go on to have an impressive 2015 season going 245 pass attempts without an interception. As a freshman, he passed for 3,670 yards, 23 touchdowns, and completed 60 percent of his passes. He would go on to be named Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the year, as well as earning Freshman All American honors. He would injure his shoulder the following year midway through the season as a sophomore and would go on to miss the remainder of the 2016 season. In 2017 he would go on to pass for 3717 yards and 26 touchdowns. The highlight of his 2017 season saw Rosen lead a 35 point comeback against Texas A&M.
Rosen has the skill set to be a franchise Quarterback in the NFL. Rosen can be an accurate passer who can make throws in tight coverage and is poised in the pocket. Has a big arm. Throws a tight clean spiral. Has height to see over his offensive line. Has a good quick release on the ball. Can make strong and accurate throws on the run. Will take chances on some plays which can be a big trait in the NFL. Not very mobile but can keep plays alive by moving outside the pocket. Keeps his eyes down field even when under pressure.
Struggles and hesitates when under pressure. Takes to many risks when under pressure. Is not a very consistent accurate passer. Can avoid pressure but not very quickly and relies too heavily on his offensive line to keep plays alive. Has questionable decision making that has led him to turning the ball over. Rosen needs to improve his vision for the NFL. He Suffered a shoulder injury his sophomore season that required him to miss the remainder of the 2016 season. One of his biggest weaknesses is his poor intangibles as a bad teammate and a leader.
Draft Comparison: Eli Manning
Draft Projection: Round 1-2
Rosen draws comparisons to Eli Manning due to his arm talent, accuracy, and being poised in the pocket. Like Eli he does struggle to preform under pressure and is not very athletic when outside the pocket. He is a tough Quarterback who has taken several hits over his first two seasons at UCLA. He is not as athletic like Sam Darnold or Josh Allen when outside the pocket but is equally or even just as good when inside the pocket. Look for Rosen to bounce back this season after a shoulder injury and potentially hear his name early in April.