Dynasty Scouting Report: Josh Rosen (UCLA)

By Patrick Whelan, February 16, 2018

Prospect

College Stats

2017: 283-of-452 (62.6 percent) for 3,756 yards (8.3 YPA), 26 TDs, and 10 INTs

2016: 137-of-231 (59.3 percent) for 1,915 yards (8.3 YPA), 10 TDs, and 5 INTs

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2015: 292-of-487 (60.0 percent) for 3,669 yards (7.5 YPA), 23 TDs, and 11 INTS

Overview

The race for the overall top pick is likely going to be between quarterbacks, and Josh Rosen's abilities give him as good of chance as any. Entering UCLA as the top quarterback recruit in the nation, Rosen's talent was undeniable and he was given the chance to start as a true freshman. He did not disappoint setting numerous school records and being named to the freshman All American team. He showed similar promise through his Sophomore campaign, but lost the second half of the season to an injury to his throwing shoulder. His Junior year started with a bang as he led UCLA back from 34 points down in the third quarter against Texas A&M for an epic 45-44 win. He was a bit up and down through the rest of the season, missing a regular season game with a concussion and the bowl game as a precaution. He still put together a solid campaign passing for over 3,700 yards and earning second team PAC-12 honors.

Strengths

Josh Rosen is your prototypical pocket passer, and has all of the tools that make NFL GMs salivate. He has terrific footwork, balance and mechanics. His throwing motion is solid, and he has a huge arm, fitting the ball into tight windows and spinning it with ease. He hardly threw a wobbly ball all year. His feel for throws is also impressive as he can throw receivers open and put back shoulder throws on the money. He is NFL ready as he operated in a pro-style offense at UCLA and showed the ability to move to second and third progressions and alter defenders with his eyes. He is not a threat to run but can move in the pocket and keep his eyes downfield. His skillset is the total package.

Weakness

Considering he missed 9 of his last 20 games, we have to start with durability concerns. His shoulder injury is behind him but he had various nicks this past season and has at least one concussion. He also has questionable decision making as he often tried to do too much when he should have taken dump offs or simply threw the ball away. His reads and anticipation were lacking at times. The other worry is his intangibles. Personally, I have limited concerns, but there is a lot of noise that he chaffed many at UCLA and could be hard to coach. Teams will at least have to take those rumors into account.

Grade: A-

Rosen has everything that you are looking for in a franchise quarterback. The size, the arm strength, the feel for the game and a bit of an edge. He just missed an A grade because of the anxiety over his durability and some of his decision making. I put little stock in the personality concerns and would personally draft him as the first quarterback off the board ahead of Sam Darnold. Regardless, he will be drafted by a quarterback starved team and likely see playing time quickly. For Dynasty purposes, he should be a lock for a top 4 pick as a long term quarterback with upside. Again, landing location is HUGE, as his near term success is infinitely higher with the Giants/Broncos than the Jets/Browns, but wherever he lands, Rosen is going to be a big get for your team and deserves a very high pick.

 

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