Why Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen fell in 2018 NFL Draft
The Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback of the future and No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen was widely considered as one of the two best quarterback prospects in the draft for most of the college football season.
Rosen was a Freshman All-American at UCLA and thrived as a sophomore and junior, gaining momentum as a quarterback prospect who could do it all.
Why then, did Rosen fall all the way to 10th — where the Cardinals traded up from No. 15 with the Oakland Raiders — and go after the likes of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen?
Rosen was asked after being drafted as to why he thinks he fell and he responded by saying, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
Rosen’s injuries and outspokenness off the field reportedly played a factor. Here’s a timeline of all those events off the field.
October 2015 — Hot tub Rosen
Rosen’s dorm room when he was a freshman included a hot tub and there were a few social media posts to go along with it.
In an interview with ESPN in April, Rosen said he regretted having a woman with him in the picture.
“I enjoy making people laugh, but what I find funny and put online, others might misconstrue and find jerkish,” he said. “I need to refine my message but not lose who I am.”
April 2016 – (Expletive) Trump hat
Rosen took to Instagram again for his latest controversy, this time sporting a hat that read “(Expletive) Trump” while he was golfing on a Donald Trump golf course. Rosen would delete the post.
May 2016 – Calls out UCLA
Upon seeing the news that his school had signed a $280 million shoe deal with Under Armour, Rosen took to Instagram to criticize the news.
November 2016 – Ruled out after shoulder injury
Rosen would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.
August 2017 – Another shot at NCAA amateurism
Rosen once again spoke out against the NCAA amateurism rule in an interview with Bleacher Report.
Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.
October 2017 – First concussion
Rosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one start and played the rest of the regular season.
November 2017 – Second concussion
In the season finale against Cal, Rosen had his second concussion of the season and would sit out the rest of the game.
December 2017 – Sits out bowl game
Still dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen sat out his team’s bowl game against Kansas State. He declared for the NFL Draft.
April 2018 – Wants to win the most Super Bowls ever
In an interview with ESPN, Rosen stated how much greatness he really wants to achieve in the NFL.
I want to be great — in everything I do. As far as football, I always looked up to Kellen Moore of Boise State. I thought it was the coolest thing that he was the winningest QB of all time. I thought that was a cool word: winningest. So I want to be the winningest QB in NFL history. I want to win the most games and most championships. I’d say six titles, but if Tom Brady gets six, I’ll say seven
April 2018 – Not shy about taking shots at other quarterbacks
When speaking about the adversity he has faced in his career and being ranked No. 2, Rosen wasn’t afraid to reference other quarterbacks to make his point.
josh rosen snapped on em pic.twitter.com/NVqYk6b7M2
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 24, 2018