Rosen, the top prep recruit in the country coming off of a high school state title, signed with UCLA and was first true freshman in school history to start the season opener at quarterback. After a promising first season, Rosen started the first six games as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending tear in muscle in his throwing shoulder. He returned in 2017 and had an up-and-down junior season during which head coach Jim Mora Jr. was fired. Rosen was second-team All-Pac-12 despite missing the bowl game and a regular-season contest with Kansas State due to concussions.
Rosen looks the part and is very natural as a pocket passer. Has a set-up, footwork and throwing mechanics, moving very efficient from snap-to-throw. Was a nationally ranked youth tennis player and footwork reflects that training. Rosen has enough arm to spin balls to all levels of the field and excels when adding touch to his throws. Because of some talent gaps, carried much of the offense on his right shoulder which prompted overaggressive decisions and poor mistakes.
Bright and has natural football instincts, the ability to read defenses and deliver dimes in tight coverage. Some have questioned his mindset and Rosen will need to sell himself to a franchise to be given the keys to an offense.
The greater concern is the past injuries, most notably multiple concussions in 2017 that took him off the field. Just 21 years old, Rosen (Feb. 10 birthday) could take an NFL redshirt and benefit from learning the ropes as a pro. Some red flags suggest Rosen has a bust factor. He rates as the top pure pocket passer in the 2018 draft class.
--Field Level Media