After discussions back and forth all year about his love of the game, his ability to get along with team members, Rosen has finally been drafted. With the way he stuck with the program and defended his coach until his last day with the team, it’s hard to question his loyalty and love for football.
Rosen had consistent pass numbers all season, and regardless of the team’s records the last two years, is clearly talented and just wasn’t surrounded by the right cast to go to a championship. He finished the year with 3,756 passing yards and a 62.6% completion percentage, the highest of his career at UCLA. He finished the year ranked 14th in passing yards among all FBS quarterbacks.
Now, time will tell if he can gel with his new teammates in Arizona. As a rookie, regardless of his skill, he will have to earn the respect of his fellow players and prove himself to be a team player. With UCLA’s historic inability to develop players, it will be interesting to see how far Rosen can really go. I don’t believe his talents were ever fully utilized at UCLA, so we will now see what he can do at the next level.