After a tumultuous career at UCLA, quarterback Josh Rosen is heading to the NFL Draft, where he is a contender to be the No. 1 pick.
Josh Rosen had his best statistical collegiate season in 2017.
He finished with 3,756 yards on 62.6-percent completions, and averaged 8.31 yards per attempt, all career highs. He also threw for 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.
Moments ago, he made his NFL Draft decision official, though he vows to return to UCLA to get his degree in a p.s. to his mom.
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— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) January 3, 2018
The full text of his note:
“Thank you UCLA
At 17 years old I made the best decision of my life and committed to UCLA. I am thankful for the opportunity Coach Mora gave me to attend such a prestigious university and to compete at the collegiate level. I was welcomed with pen arms by a warm UCLA community and felt at home the first day I stepped on campus. I want to thank all my mentors, including Mr. Guerrero, Coach Mora, Coach Alosi, Coach Fisch, and the many professors to whom I have grown close, for teaching me and helping me mature both on and off the field.
Over the last three years, UCLA has helped me grow as an athlete, a scholars, and a member of the community. I have made some mistakes along the way; however, I am grateful that I made those mistakes backed by such a supportive and positive university, so that I could learn from them and better myself. To the UCLA students, alumni, and fans, I appreciate all of your unwavering support.
I especially want to thank my teammates. I wish we had won more games, but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime. They are my best friends – I love them and wouldn’t ave chosen any others to go into battle with each and every week. It pains me to leave these guys, but I know they wouldn’t let me come back and pass up this opportunity to chase my dream.
Thank you most of all to my family for supporting me. I love you all and don’t know what I would do without you guys. And now, as a proud UCLA Bruin, I am officially declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.
P.S. Mom – I promise I will come back and finish my degree.”
There were reports that Josh Rosen, along with USC’s Sam Darnold, could avoid the draft out of concerns that they would be taken by the Cleveland Browns, which have a miserable record with quarterbacks. Rosen addressed this report and didn’t exactly deny it, saying that he’d “rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team.”
Darnold always seemed like the more likely player to spend another year at his Los Angeles Pac-12 power, but his decision hasn’t been made yet. Rosen apparently isn’t worried enough about it to pass up the chance to be the top pick in the NFL Draft.