Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-03-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…2017: (+) Coming off 2X 2017 Concussions/2ndC...PMaxwell...2016: (+) Coming off Oct 2016 Shoulder INJ/Surgery/Nerve issue in throwing shoulder/NAC...PWalterCamp/PMaxwell/POBrien...2015: OROYC
*Josh Rosen/UCLA football Videos
*Automated search based on player first/last name, college team name, football, 3 loading panels, click video to view in full size on this page, watch or fast forward one full video, or open player with red arrow to choose more cuts at the bottom of the big video screen. Click "I'm done watching this" blue link at the top of video to close screen. If available/HQ changes video quality.
Josh Rosen UCLA Quarterback 6-3, 220, 4.97, #3 Manhattan Beach, CA St. John Bosco 2/10/1997
==== 12/24/17: Josh Rosen would rather play for the New York Giants as opposed to the Cleveland Browns, and the UCLA quarterback would be hesitant to come out in the 2018 NFL draft if he knew that the latter would select him with the No. 1 overall pick, ESPN reported on Sunday. Rosen plans to talk with his parents after the Cactus Bowl for a "serious conversation" before making a final decision about his future. Whether Cleveland has the No. 1 overall pick could influence his decision, ESPN reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. The winless Browns (0-14) can secure that top overall pick with a loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, of if the Giants (2-12) defeat the Arizona Cardinals. New York would clinch no worse than the No. 2 pick with losses in each of its last two games.
12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Josh Rosen, Jr., UCLA,...Three Bruins were named to the second-team squad including junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who ranked 9th in the nation in total offense and first in the Pac-12 in the category at 329.1 yards per game, redshirt junior offensive tackle Kolton Miller and senior defensive back Jaleel Wadood (15th in the Pac-12 in tackles per game 7.0). 11/27/17 - Following up one of his best performances of the season, albeit in a loss to USC, Rosen (6-3, 220, 4.97, #3) was pulled from Friday's game against Ca; at halftime after he took a physical hit in the second quarter. Interim head coach Jedd Fisch said Rosen was removed for precautionary reasons, which was probably the right decision to keep the quarterback healthy for the bowl game and the pre-draft process. However, it won't help defuse the injury concerns attached to his NFL scouting report. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com 11/25/17 - UCLA removed Josh Rosen from its regular-season finale against California at halftime after the star quarterback was sacked three times. Devon Modster took over for the Bruins (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) on Friday night in a game they needed to win to secure bowl eligibility. Rosen was playing his final game at the Rose Bowl if he passes up his senior season to enter the NFL draft as expected. He was 13 of 18 for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but he also was hit and dropped regularly. He was thrown heavily to the ground by Cal's Alex Funches late in the first half, landing heavily on his right shoulder and neck. Rosen already had an apparent concussion earlier this season, missing one game.
A likely top five pick and legitimate candidate for No. 1 overall, Rosen offers rare polish for a quarterback of his age, demonstrating throughout his three years as the Bruins' starter both the mental and physical traits necessary to project as an NFL franchise quarterback.
The transition from college football to the NFL is a steep jump regardless of the position but it is most challenging for quarterbacks. Perhaps no passer in the 2018 draft class is better suited for this leap than Rosen, who offers not only rare arm talent but experience with an NFL coaching staff and the thick skin that comes from playing under the LA media microscope.
Rosen’s physical gifts as a traditional pocket passer are as obvious as his eye-popping production. From his crisp throwing motion, to the velocity, touch and accuracy with which he completes passes to all levels of the field, Rosen possesses the talent to warrant consideration as early as No. 1 overall. Just as impressive is the fact that Rosen enjoyed success despite playing under a different offensive coordinator in each of his three years as a starter for the Bruins, culminating in 2017 under Jedd Fisch, who left Jim Harbaugh and Michigan after spending the previous 12 seasons in the NFL.
Rosen’s talent is clear but so too are his red flags, the most serious being durability. Rosen has missed significant game action each of the past two seasons, including the final six games of the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury which required season-ending surgery, as well as the second half against Washington and Utah in 2017 due to a concussion. – Rob Rang 11/4/2017
BACKGROUND A five-star recruit universally ranked among the elite prep prospects in the country, Rosen enrolled early at UCLA (January 2015) amid great fanfare after a record-breaking career at St. John Bosco, which included guiding his team to the 2013 MaxPreps National Championship. After taking part in spring drills with the Bruins,
Rosen took over for Green Bay Packers’ draft choice Brett Hundley immediately, becoming the first quarterback in school history to start the season-opener of his true freshman season. He was named a FWAA 1st team Freshman All-America, Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches) and Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (AP) by completing 60% of his passes for 3,668 yards and 23 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 2015. Rosen was on pace for an even bigger year in 2016 (59% completion rate for 1,915 yards and 10 TDs/5 INTs) before suffering a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder which required season-ending surgery (November 7, 2016).
STRENGTHS Tall, strong-armed quarterback with an easy throwing motion, including a lightning-quick, over-the-top release that provides little warning to defenders. Spins the ball beautifully, throwing a tight spiral which makes it easy on his receivers to track and collect the football. Cerebral passer with excellent field vision, showing no problem in working through his progressions to find the open target while showing good spatial awareness and an internal clock to avoid holding the ball for too long. Plenty of arm strength to drive sideline routes from the opposite hash and is an effective deep ball passer with excellent touch and trajectory. Can drop his arm slot to avoid pass rushers and still fire accurate passes quickly.
Highly confident in his ability to squeeze passes through tight windows, showing the willingness to make the challenging throws needed for sustained success in the NFL. Not a true scrambling threat but possesses enough athleticism to buy time in the pocket and steal yardage as a runner when the defense allows it. Experienced in a pro-style offense featuring snaps from shotgun as well as from under center and has enjoyed success regardless of the play-caller, a testament to his football I.Q. and instincts. Comes from an athletic family. Parents, Charles Rosen and Elizabeth Lippincott, were both national gold medal ice dancers and figure skaters. - Rob Rang 11/4/2017
WEAKNESSES Missed action due to soft tissue injuries each of the past two years, raising concerns for some about Rosen's ability to play through pain. Despite adding more than 10 pounds of muscle since joining UCLA, Rosen still possesses a relatively gangly build, including slim limbs which suggest that his struggles with durability may continue. Average athlete, even among quarterback standards. Lacks the agility and speed to elude NFL defenders and shows less than ideal strength to pull away from arm tackles.
Accuracy wanes when throwing on the move, including while rolling to his right. At times, makes reckless decisions with the ball, too often trusting his arm and receivers to win contested passes. Outspoken personality that may make him more popular with media looking for a hot quote than NFL coaching staffs who expect their quarterback to care only about football... Created a storm on social media following his release of a photo showing a hot tub he brought into his dorm room, mocking then-presidential candidate Donald Trump while playing golf, as well as the NCAA's nonprofit status when UCLA announced its 15-year, $280-million deal with Under Armour.
Further raised eyebrows prior to the 2017 season with the comments that "football and school don't go together" and "at some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football." -- Rob Rang 11/4/17
COMPARES TO:Hall of Fame's Dan Marino, Dolphins - Comparing anyone to arguably the greatest passer in NFL history is obviously lofty praise but Rosen's quick release, velocity and ball placement on passes to all areas of the field is exceedingly rare. Off-field questions and a lack of preferred mobility pushed Marino down the board to No. 27 overall back in 1983. Rosen comes with similar concerns, making a draft day drop possible despite his undeniable talent.
IN OUR VIEW: -- Rang: It is hard not to be reminded of Jay Cutler when watching Rosen. Each can make circus throws few other quarterbacks would even attempt, showing not only exceptional arm talent but a sharp mind for picking apart defenses. Neither, however, possesses ideal intangibles as the face of the franchise and therefore come with a clear "buyer beware" element. --Brugler: Rosen has the mechanics, arm talent and intelligence that translates well to the NFL game. His decision-making, especially under pressure, often leads to negative plays, but if he stops trying to do too much and takes better care of the football, he can be a reliable starter at the next level. Rosen won't be for everyone, but if a team is comfortable with his maturity, he will be drafted high.
Rosen missed some time due to a concussion, but finished the regular season 9th in the nation in total offense and first in the Pac-12 at 329.1 yards per game before a Dec. 26 date with Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl On October 28, in a 44–23 loss against Washington, Rosen was forced out of the game in the third quarter due to a concussion, which he tried to hide from coaches after being injured on a sack in the game's opening drive. He completed 12 of 21 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, the first passing score the Huskies had surrendered in the Pac-12 all season. After missing one game, Rosen returned to the lineup and threw for 381 yards with one touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard run in a 44–37 win over the Sun Devils. In his first matchup against USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Rosen was 32 of 52 for 421 yards along with three touchdowns and an interception in a 28–23 loss to the Trojans. The two passers were among the top prospects for the 2018 NFL draft. In the regular season finale against California, Rosen led the Bruins to a 17–9 lead at the half, but was held out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons after he suffered three sacks, including one late in the second quarter when he was slow to get up after being thrown to the ground. He finished 13-of-18 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bruins won 30–27 to become bowl-eligible.
Starter in the first six games of the season ... Injured in game six at Arizona State, where he threw for a career-best 400 yards, and then missed the balance of the season ... Has risen to sixth on the all-time school lists for passing yardage (5,583), total offense (5,527) and completions (429) ... The 400 yards passing at ASU is tied for the sixth-best ever by a UCLA player ... It was the 10th 300-yard passing game of his career, which is tied for second on the all-time school list (one behind Cade McNown, 1995-98) ... Threw for 350 yards and three scores in the win over Arizona ... Passed for 307 yards in win at BYU ... Named to the Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp, Rotary Lombardi and Maxwell Award watch lists ... Honorable mention Pac-12 Conference Football All-Academic team selection.
Starter in all 13 games ... Became first Bruin true freshman to start a season-opener at quarterback ... Set numerous school marks - most consecutive passing attempts without an interception (245); most passes attempted in a game (57 v. Wash. St.); most passing yards by a true freshman in a game (399 v. Cal); most passing yards in a season by a true freshman (3,688); most 300-yard passing games in a season (tied-6); most touchdown passes thrown by a true freshman (23); most touchdown passes trhown by a freshman in a game (3-tied); longest pass play by a true freshman (70yds); most completions in a game (34 v. Cal); most passing attempts in a season (487); most passing yards per game in a season (282.2) ... Threw for 300-yards in a games v. Nebraska (319), Wash. St. (340), Oregon State (333), Cal (399), Stanford (325) and Virginia (350) ... Had three scoring passes in games against Nebraska, Cal, Stanford and Virginia ... His 410 yards of total offense v. Washington State ranks No. 9 on the all-time school list ... The Sporting News Freshman of the Year ... USA Today 1st team Freshman All-America selection ... The Sporting News 1st team Freshman All-America selection ... FWAA 1st team Freshman All-Americal selection ... Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches) ... Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (AP) ... Selected as one of the five recipients of the 2015 NFF National HS Scholar-Athlete award and was honored in New York.
Listed No. 2 (five stars) on the rivals.com Rivals 100 … Listed No. 12 (five stars) on the scout.com Scout 300 … Scout’s No. 1-rated quarterback … First-team USA Today All-America selection … Listed as four-star recruit, No. 2 quarterback in the nation and No. 50 recruit in the nation by ESPN.com … PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and No. 1 recruit in the nation … Selected to play in the Under Armour High School All-Star game … 2014 MaxPreps California Division I All-State team … L.A. Times All-Area Player of the Year … Long Beach Press-Telegram Player of the Year … Southern Section All-Pac5 Division Offensive Player of the Year … Completed 199 of 313 passes for 3,186 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014 … For his career, he completed 525 of 840 pass attempts for 8,473 yards and 90 touchdowns … Led his 2013 high school team to the MaxPreps National Championship, California State Championship, Pac-5 CIF Championship and Trinity League Championship ... Also lettered in tennis and helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs for the first time in over 10 years ... Playing competitively for the first time in four years, he advanced to the semifinals of the league individual tennis tournament in 2014 ... St. John Bosco Scholar-Athlete.
Joshua Ballinger Lippincott Rosen ... Born in Torrance, Calif ... Parents: Charles Rosen and Elizabeth Lippincott ... Parents were both national gold medal ice dancers and figure skaters ... Mom was an all-league lacrosse player at Princeton ... Has two sisters, Beatrice, who is an All-American tennis player at Emory University and Lydia, who plays club soccer ... Lists the NFL's Andrew Luck as the athlete he most admires ... Hobbies included playing the guitar, beach volleyball and DJ'ing ... Has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity ... Named a National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete ...Earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 quarters ... Economics major.
Draft Scout Player News
04/22/18 - Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora defended his former quarterback again as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. The draft begins Thursday. UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold are among the top quarterbacks expected to be taken early. Mora wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Rosen will win championships and may even be a Hall of Famer. "Those that question (Rosen) and his toughs, competitiveness and love of the game are so far off anything I've seen in 6+ years knowing this man," Mora wrote. "He's the real deal, he has it all, he will be a great one, he will win championships. ... I've had the amazing fortune of being around 24 members of the Pro Football HOF, I believe we may see Josh Rosen enshrined one day. A lot of work to do, a lot of games/championships to win, but he has the qualities to do it."
03/15/18 - According to a longtime scout at the UCLA Pro Day, Rosen completed "just about everything" he threw Thursday, including several off-script passes requested by coaches attending the workout. There were plenty of big names at the event, including decision-makers for clubs holding top 10 picks and in need of quarterback help -- like Cleveland Browns VP of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith, Denver Broncos' general manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph, and New York Jets' GM Mike Maccagnan. Rosen "looked really good," completing a variety of passes to all levels of the field, showing the trademark accuracy, zip and touch that has earned him praise throughout the process (including during the Combine throwing sessions) as the most polished passer in this year's class.
The only real off-target throw of the day, in fact, came on a busted route by a receiver who appeared to pull a hamstring while tracking the ball. Even with his receiver slowing up, Rosen's pass was "still a good ball," according to the scout. The scout further noted that there were "definite wind gusts" throughout the workout and that Rosen "handled them well, especially on deep balls." Rosen is projected to be drafted sixth overall by the Jets in my mock draft, as well as the mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: Rosen is about as smooth as it gets for a three-year collegian who turned 21 less than a month ago. Those paying close attention might note that several of Rosen's passes during the afternoon gauntlet drill were dropped, but many of these appeared to be just that -- mistakes by receivers despite well thrown passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: On what he'd like to see from QB Josh Rosen this week: "Josh is a very talented quarterback. He looks like a pro on tape, but meeting with him and watching him throw and compete this week is going to be a help to the evaluation. He's definitely a good football player." - Vance Joseph, Head Coach, Denver Broncos
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA...One of the top quarterbacks and overall players in this class, Rosen missed eight combined games the past two seasons due to an injury to his throwing shoulder and multiple concussions. While not undersized, he doesn't have ideal body armor or athleticism to evade the rush. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com