Josh Rosen has been the exception to the Cleveland Browns’ draft process.
Throughout the 2018 NFL Draft process, rumors have swirled about the Cleveland Browns‘ interest in countless players, but quarterbacks have been the subject of most speculation.
There are five QBs who are projected to be first round picks, yet the Browns have only been linked to four of them.
New GM John Dorsey has been adamant about keeping front office leaks to a minimum. As far as we know, that’s exactly what has happened. In fact, according to Dorsey himself via NFL Network, not even his wife knows who the first overall pick will be.
Head coach Hue Jackson and owner Jimmy Haslam won’t be informed until Wednesday night.
The only thing that Dorsey has revealed so far is that the first overall pick will not be traded.
For months, USC’s Sam Darnold has been rumored to be the Browns’ top QB on their draft board. He is the most well-rounded of the top QB prospects and would be a good selection at one.
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has put together a late push and for the past month, reports have stated that the Browns are heavily considering taking him at one.
Josh Allen from Wyoming is the prototypical QB prospect with the highest ceiling of the group, but also the lowest floor. The Browns are said to be enamored with his potential, so much so that he is in the discussion at one.
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson most likely won’t be a top 10 pick, but that doesn’t mean the Browns aren’t interested.
But UCLA’s Josh Rosen, the most accurate and consistent passer in the class, is allegedly completely off the Browns draft board. Why? No one seems to know or have any proof.
During the 2017 college football season, Darnold and Rosen were seen as the top two QBs in the draft. What has changed since then to eliminate Rosen from the discussion? No one knows.
There are rumors of a misinformation around the Browns’ selections.
What would be the point of all this? The more smoke and mirrors, the less certainty at the top of the draft. The Browns could be banking for the Buffalo Bills or Arizona Cardinals to get desperate for a QB and trade up with Cleveland at four.
But if this is true, why only spread rumors about four out of the five QBs? It’s just extremely odd that there has been absolutely zero buzz about Rosen. If not for his injury history, he would probably be the surefire first overall pick. He’s extremely smart, brilliantly accurate within 20 yards, and has a strong arm.
The NFL Draft is always a mystery, and this year there is even more intrigue at the top. We won’t find out what’s really going on until tomorrow evening when the Browns finally get their franchise quarterback.