2018 NFL Draft Rumors: Josh Rosen Prefers Giants over Browns

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2017

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against California, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is reportedly wary of winding up with the Cleveland Browns and could opt not to declare for the 2018 NFL draft if they wind up with the top choice. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "Rosen would be hesitant to come out in next year's NFL draft if he knew that Cleveland was going to take him with the No. 1 overall pick."

Schefter added Rosen "has expressed concern about winding up in Cleveland and would rather be with a more stable franchise, such as the [New York] Giants." 

The Browns, who are 0-14, will secure the No. 1 pick for the second straight season if they lose to the Chicago Bears or the Giants beat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. 

As for Rosen, the junior signal-caller is expected to sit out Tuesday's Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats. 

Citing a source, Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported Saturday that UCLA's medical staff "doesn't want him to play" in the bowl game because he suffered a concussion late in the season. 

Rosen wanted to suit up, according to Feldman, but he has been advised to sit "under doctor's orders." 

Once UCLA's season wraps up, Schefter reported Rosen is expected to have a "serious conversation" about his future before deciding whether he wants to declare for the draft or return for his senior season. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Rosen to the Browns in his latest mock draft, but he pointed to the Los Angeles Chargers as the gunslinger's ideal long-term landing spot. 

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