NFL Mock Draft: Josh Rosen goes to Browns

UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold were both asked this week about being the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft

UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold were both asked this week about being the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft

In addition, Mel Kiper Jr. ranks the Trojans quarterback as the draft's fifth best prospect and second-best quarterback behind Rosen.

There has already been substantial speculation that Rosen might stay in school instead of suiting up for the Browns.

I'll go ahead and decode this one for all of you. Rosen was held out of the Cactus Bowl as his Bruins fell to Kansas State, 35-17.

If he does declare, some Browns fans thought he was a sure thing with the No. 1 overall pick. Darnold will nearly certainly be a high pick in the upcoming draft, and the 20-year-old seems willing to play for any team in the National Football League, via ESPN. He said it wouldn't, that he'd be honored to go to any team that wanted him. Rosen preferred the New York Giants, who now are projected to pick second.

As it turns out, however, Rosen may not need to fear a potential future in Cleveland. Last year, the lowly Browns made a decision to address the defensive side of the football by taking defensive end Myles Garrett with the top pick and this year, despite bringing in DeShone Kizer, may be aiming for a potential franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson were all passed on by Cleveland in the last two years.

Recent reports have stated that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen did not want to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and his comment on Tuesday where he said he would rather be taken at a lower selection by the right team than a higher pick by the wrong one essentially confirmed that.

Cleveland is expected to draft a quarterback with DeShone Kizer's limited success as a rookie and the play of Cody Kessler not all that impressive.

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