The Cleveland Browns will be picking first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, and it looks like they have their eyes set on a quarterback.
The junior's comments highlighting players who sit out of bowl games were taken with mixed reviews. Some reports suggest Rosen would stay in college to avoid being drafted by Cleveland, who also hold the Houston Texan's high first-round pick following the trade to acquire Deshaun Watson past year.
It's a bit early to be labeling mock picks as true surprises, but the latest 2018 National Football League mock draft from Bleacher Report pushes that boundary, starting in the top five.
Speaking to ESPN on Tuesday before the Bruins lost to Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl without him due to a concussion, the signal caller said: "I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team". Rosen preferred the New York Giants, who now are projected to pick second.
In one sense, I can't blame Rosen if he truly doesn't want to play for the Browns, especially if Hue Jackson remains the coach in 2018.
If he does declare, some Browns fans thought he was a sure thing with the No. 1 overall pick.
He said the Giants would be preferable to the Browns, a source told ESPN. Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson were all passed on by Cleveland in the last two years.
Cleveland (0-15), which long has struggled with consistency at the quarterback position, has rookie DeShone Kizer behind center.
In fact, the USC quarterback would be humbled to play for any team in the NFL.