Well, the day has finally come.
With that post, Josh Rosen has officially declared that he is entering the NFL draft.
Rosen leaves as one of the most prolific passers in UCLA history, despite only really playing 2 1⁄2 seasons as the UCLA quarterback. He holds the record for passing yards in a single season with 3,756 yards this year, and finishes his UCLA career with 9,341 passing yards, to go with 59 TD passes. That career passing yardage total puts Rosen at 3rd all-time among UCLA Bruins, and it’s fair to say he would have been the all-time career leader had he not gotten injured during his sophomore year (and also if he had an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and receiver coach and boy that 2016 team had so many problems on offense, huh?).
As Rosen noted, his time at UCLA did not end up as successful as he and Bruin fans wished it would have been. Rosen was hurt by injuries in the past few years, and by an underachieving coaching staff that too often relied on him him to single-handedly win games. But, then again, those factors did lead to UCLA making a coaching change this offseason, and once Chip Kelly became the new UCLA head coach, the writing appeared to be on the wall.
Josh Rosen now turns his focus to the NFL draft, where he is expected to be a top pick. Rosen has been continually called the most pro-ready QB in this draft class, with his arm and pocket presence in particular getting highlighted by draft experts. Recently, there was a scuttle-butt involving Rosen apparently stating he wouldn’t want to become a member of the Cleveland Browns, which was rather overblown even if it would be a smart career decision. Still, there are a number of NFL franchises that will be looking to draft a potential franchise QB this year, and Josh looks poised to become an NFL mainstay for years if he ends up in the right situation.
A quick aside, but I’m sure there are more than a few Bruin fans who are happy with that postscript where Rosen promises to finish his degree. Rosen truly was an exemplary Bruin, and nothing says that like recognizing the value of a UCLA degree.
As for what this means for UCLA (since this is a UCLA blog, after all), the obvious result is that the starting QB job for next year is officially open. Devon Modster would appear to have the inside track as of right now, but don’t discount Matt Lynch, or incoming freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson (who, yes, don’t worry, is still coming to UCLA despite not signing during the Early Signing Period). That competition will obviously be the biggest battle to watch this spring and fall.
From all of Bruins Nation, we wish Josh Rosen the best at the next level.
Go Bruins, and good luck Josh!