Jets Draft Rumors: New York Reportedly Prefers Josh Rosen to Sam Darnold

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

NFL Draft prospect UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen talks with members of the media after a Play Football Clinic Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, 2018, at AT&T Stadium. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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With the Cleveland Browns reportedly settling on Baker Mayfield as the top pick in Thursday's NFL draft, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have reportedly set their sights on Josh Rosen.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reported Rosen is the likely pick at No. 3 and Darnold could drop to at least No. 4, provided he's not taken by the New York Giants with the second pick. The Browns would then potentially have the option of trading down from No. 4 and still be able to get the same player they would have targeted.

Rosen has been one of the draft's most polarizing prospects but not because of his skill set. The UCLA product was a three-year starter, throwing for 9,340 yards and 59 touchdowns against 26 interceptions. He's also earned nothing but praise from Bruins teammates and coaches about his quarterbacking acumen—and also very much believes in himself. 

"I'm the best QB in the draft. A lot of guys are flashier, but I think I'm the most efficient, monotonously consistent QB in this draft," Rosen told ESPN's Sam Alipour. "[Aaron] Rodgers has some flair, but if you watch Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, there's nothing that's explosive or Johnny Manziel-like. It's just quarterbacking."

Rosen's outspokenness, however, has led to some trepidation among NFL teams. He has never been shy about offering his opinion on any topic, criticizing the NCAA's "indentured servitude" of its athletes and a multitude of other topics in culture. Because quarterback is viewed as a galvanizing position, there have been some who wondered if Rosen's lack of filter will rub teammates or coaches the wrong way.

"He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn't get bored," former UCLA coach Jim Mora told The MMQB's Peter King. "He's a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they're good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he's a really good kid."

The Jets traded multiple draft picks to move up from No. 6 to No. 3, so odds are they have done more than enough homework to be comfortable with Rosen if he's the guy. New York is also a market that embraces outspoken characters—provided they're productive on the field. 

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