By: Steve Johnson
Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
6’4 226 31 1/4″ arms, 9 7/8″ hands
4.92 40, 31″ vert, 111″ broad jump
2015: 13 games. 292/487 for 3669 yards. 23 TD, 11 int.
2016: 6 games. 137/231 for 1915 yards. 10 TD, 5 int.
2017: 11 games. 283/452 for 3756 yards. 26 TD, 10 int
Misc. Stats: Rushed for 6 TDs.
Accolades: 2014 USA Today High School All-American, 2015 Freshmen All-American, 2015 Pac-12 Freshmen Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Second-team All-Pac 12
Injuries: Injured his throwing shoulder in 2016, had surgery to repair soft-tissue damage. Had a concussion in 2017, missed one game.
History: Grew up wealthy in Southern California. His father is an orthopedic spine surgeon of Jewish descent. His mother, a former journalist of Quaker descent. His mother was the captain of her Princeton lacrosse team, and his father a nationally ranked figure skater, who was almost in the the winter Olympics in the 1970s. Rosen a Nationally ranked Tennis player as a youth. Was a five-star recruit out of St. John Bosco, a Catholic High School in Bellflower, CA, where they won the California State Championship. He graduated early to enroll at UCLA in the Spring.
Strengths: Natural thrower of the football, makes it look effortless. Ball placement is excellent. Can quicken his release when under pressure. Good footwork in the pocket. Sells his pump fakes very well. Will stand in the pocket and take the hit. Throws a great deep ball. Works through his progressions like a pro. Will check down when needed. Was groomed to be an NFL Quarterback since a young age.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t provide anything with his legs. Doesn’t have the strongest arm. Has trouble escaping pressure. Limited strength, very lean frame. Has had some injuries.
Overview: A lot of people have been questioning the kids passion, but I don’t understand it. Maybe it’s rumblings from people that have been in the room with him, but I see a passionate kid on film. Rosen is the most natural thrower of this years class. He doesn’t have the strongest arm and he provides little to nothing with his legs. But he is accurate and smart, and capable of becoming a franchise QB.
Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.30
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