Josh Rosen reportedly hesitant to enter NFL draft for fear of being drafted by the Browns

  • UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen reportedly is hesitant about declaring for the draft for fear of being drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
  • Rosen is one of the top quarterback prospects in college football, and now that the Browns have officially secured the first overall pick, there's nothing stopping them from drafting Rosen should he decide to enter the NFL.
  • There's a possibility that Rosen could refuse to play for the Browns and move to another team in a situation similar to the one that brought Eli Manning to the Giants in 2004.


UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is one of the most highly-touted quarterback prospects in college football, but there's reportedly a chance that he skips out on the draft this year in order to avoid going to the Cleveland Browns.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, sources familiar with the situation claim that Rosen would prefer to play for the New York Giants over the Browns, and would be hesitant to declare for the NFL draft if he knew that he would be heading to Cleveland with the first overall pick.

Rosen has not yet officially declared for the draft, and has said he plans to have a long conversation with his parents about the matter after the UCLA Bruins play in the Cactus Bowl.

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CORONADO, CA - MAY 27: Josh Rosen of UCLA attends Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins smiles as he walks off the field after the game with the Virginia Cavaliers at the Rose Bowl on September 5, 2015 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 34-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins warms up for the game with the Virginia Cavaliersat the Rose Bowl on September 5, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass against the UNLV Rebels during a game at Sam Boyd Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins warms up before the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to throws a pass against the Stanford Cardinal's in the first quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks down field during the second quarter against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 26: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins runs back to the bench after he threw a touchdown pass to Kenneth Walker III against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium on December 26, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks for a receiver in the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies on September 3, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins stands on the field during warmups for the game with the UNLV Rebels at the Rose Bowl on September 10, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass the ball in the first quarter against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 01: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins walks off the field after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 45-24 in a game at the Rose Bowl on October 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
October 8, 2016: UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 warms up before the Pac-12 college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Az. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CORONADO, CA - MAY 27: Josh Rosen of UCLA attends Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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With their loss to the Bears on Sunday, the Browns officially secured the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, so if they have their heart set on Rosen and he enters the draft, they'll have the opportunity to pick him. That said, just because the Browns pick Rosen doesn't necessarily mean that he'll start the 2018 season in Cleveland.

Quite possibly, the situation could shake out in a similar manner as the 2004 draft, when Eli Manning refused to sign with the San Diego Chargers after being drafted by them and finagled his way to the Giants where he played for his entire career.

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