Believed to be the most pro-ready quarterback prospect in his class, Josh Rosen was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals after they traded up for him in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen claimed after the draft that “there were nine mistakes in front me.”
One or two of the four quarterbacks selected with the first 10 picks will likely have successful NFL careers, but at least one of them could be a bust. Even though Rosen claims everyone else was a mistake, the Cardinals may have made a mistake drafting Rosen this year.
The Cardinals didn’t need a quarterback after signing Sam Bradford, and they already have a serviceable backup in Mike Glennon. Now, they have three quarterbacks who all have starting potential, even though Glennon has not been great thus far as a starter in the NFL.
Still, the Cardinals did not need to move up to get Rosen, who has had various injuries in his career. Most notable are his multiple concussions, which can be very serious and are capable of keeping him off the field, which often happened in college. He comes across as arrogant and very outspoken, which can be good and bad for a franchise.
The Cardinals are more concerned with how he performs on the field and just don’t want him to do something illegal off the field. As far as playing quarterback, he can throw the football very well and is very smart (3.8 GPA at UCLA).
Also, he was 17-12 as a starter in three seasons at UCLA. His passing numbers were not anything special, barely exceeding a 60% completion percentage and a quarterback rating above 140 in only his junior season.
He has been compared to Andrew Luck, but Luck had over a 70% completion percentage his last two college seasons and had a quarterback rating of 170 his last two seasons of college football at Stanford.
Like Luck, many notable young quarterbacks like Dak Prescott, Mitch Trubisky, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson all had higher passing percentages and quarterback ratings than Rosen in their final seasons of college football.
Rosen may have a successful NFL career, but he was not worth the 10th overall pick this year, especially since the Cardinals had to trade up to take him.
Bradford will be a solid to elite quarterback for them at least this season and potentially beyond since he is only 30 years old. The next two drafts will have many good quarterbacks if Bradford does not perform or is frequently injured this season, but the Cardinals could have gotten a franchise player with that pick.
Instead, they only got a backup quarterback with the potential to be a starter in the future. He may become a great quarterback in the NFL, but the Cardinals will likely regret this decision later this season. The team will likely be on the fringe of making the playoffs and may just fall short without one more starting-caliber player that they could have had if they had not drafted Rosen.
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