Rosen is entering his junior season at UCLA. Rosen was a four-star quarterback recruit in 2015 from Bellflower, California. Rosen started immediately as a true freshman in 2015, throwing for over 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games. Rosen only played six games in 2016 before injuring his throwing shoulder against Arizona State on October 8th, 2016. In six games, Rosen threw for just shy of 2,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rosen had surgery to repair tissue damage in his right shoulder. Rosen enters 2017 as one of the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 draft class.
Name: Josh Rosen
Age: 20 (2/10/1997)
Rosen checks everything on the wish lists of NFL GMs with his size and arm talent. Rosen was a highly touted high school prospect and lived up to the hype after winning the starting quarterback job before the season started. Rosen displayed excellent footwork in the pocket and navigates well while keeping his eyes down the field. Rosen’s football intelligence is already NFL caliber. Rosen showed the ability to improvise when the protection breaks down and is able to extend the play and deliver strikes down the field. Rosen goes through his progressions smoothly and isn’t afraid to fit balls in tight windows. Rosen has a tight grip on the ball and throws nice, tight spirals. Rosen’s velocity on the throw is one of his best traits. Rosen’s ball placement is NFL caliber and has a good enough arm to stretch the field and open-up the passing game at all levels. Rosen isn’t afraid to take risks and is comfortable making tight window throws with great poise and accuracy.
The more I watched Josh Rosen the more apparent it became that he’s already got a great feel for sliding in the pocket. pic.twitter.com/holw0fp3Fy
— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) July 23, 2017
Rosen is coming off a season-ending right shoulder injury that required surgery to repair damaged tissue. It is yet to be seen how this surgery will affect his quarterbacking mechanics. Rosen lacks the ideal weight to take the punishment that NFL pass rushers will apply to him. This could result in further injuries and will give teams pause about his durability. His career 60.6% completion percentage leaves much to be desired. Behind a bad offensive line, Rosen’s accuracy flutters at times. Rosen trusts his arm too much at times, which results in him forcing throws he shouldn’t make. His confidence is borderline cocky and can lead to Rosen being careless. Rosen needs to learn that taking sacks is ok at times to avoid costly fumbles that would be avoided if he tucked the ball while getting hit.
Josh Rosen has plenty of questions to answer in 2017. The first will be how he recovers from a serious shoulder surgery to his throwing arm. Depending on how Rosen recovers from his injury will determine just how high he will appear on team’s draft boards. If Rosen can improve his completion percentage and cut down on costly turnovers, there isn’t much to hate (unless your nitpicking). Rosen’s touch is among the best prospects of the last seven years. Rosen already possesses NFL level intelligence and the arm strength required to be an above average starting quarterback.
Draft Grade: #1 Overall Pick