Josh Rosen managed to call out 4 other QBs in single answer during interview

If you expected Josh Rosen to keep his mouth shut during an interview on NFL Network, then you just don’t know Josh Rosen. The UCLA quarterback appeared on “Up To The Minute” and had plenty to say when asked about being ranked among the NFL Draft’s top quarterbacks.

In Yahoo Sports’ most recent mock draft, Rosen was projected to be taken No. 3 overall by the Jets, behind No. 1 pick Josh Allen (Browns) and No. 2 pick Sam Darnold (Giants). However, there have also been whispers that Rosen could slide on April 26, possibly due to past statements or interviews.

Ask Rosen about stuff like that, and, well, you apparently get an answer like this.

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Louisville Cardinals cornerback Jaire Alexander

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley

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Florida Gators tackle Taven Bryan

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NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb

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Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold

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Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport

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Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds

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Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick

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UCF Knights linebacker Shaquem Griffin

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LSU running back Derrius Guice

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Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson

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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson

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Florida State defensive back Derwin James

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UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen

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Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith 

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Boise State Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch

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Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea

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Ohio State defensive back Denzel Ward

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Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams

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Here’s a transcript if you didn’t catch that.

“I’ve always been the No. 2 guy. Coming out of high school, Ricky Town was the dude. He was going to SC, I was going to UCLA. He was No. 1 in the country, I was No. 2 and he was going to bring USC back to the promised land. After Ricky kinda faded away, Blake Barnett was the Elite 11 MVP. He was the dude that was going to go to Bama, win a couple championships, call it quits and go to the league as the first overall pick. You don’t really hear about him too much. Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, these dudes that are these exotic, cool, flashy quarterbacks. That No. 1 pick, all this stuff and I’m No. 2. You know what, I’m going to sit hear and in a couple years, when all is said and done, I’m confident that I’ll still be standing.”

Mercy. In case you’re wondering how those poor souls Rosen just called out are currently doing, Town was last seen transferring to Pitt last December after stints at USC, Arkansas and Ventura College. Barnett registered 40 passing yards total in two games last season, his first with Arizona State after transferring from Alabama when Jalen Hurts took hold of the starter’s spot.

However, it’s probably worth mentioning that Rosen might have been a little inaccurate with where he ranked among Town and Barnett as a recruit. In the Rivals rankings for the 2015 recruiting class, Rosen was ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 2 player overall. Barnett came in as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback behind Florida State’s Deondre Francois, while Town, supposedly ranked “No. 1 in the country,” was the No. 5 pro-style QB and No. 127 overall in the country.

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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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That doesn’t mean Rosen was lying on air or being disingenuous. Sometimes top athletes just have to convince themselves they still have doubters in need of silencing, even if they’re ranked No. 1 in the country like Rosen was.

Suffice to say, neither Town nor Barnett exactly lived up to expectations at USC or Alabama, while Rosen still played himself into top-5 consideration at UCLA. As long as Rosen continues to perform to that potential, he’ll be saying just about anything he wants.

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