UCLA's Rosen nonetheless not cleared for Cactus Bowl

Sheri Evans
December 26, 2017

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, considered one of the three or four top quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft class, "would be hesitant to come out in next year's NFL draft" if it appears as if Cleveland is going to be set on taking him with the No. 1 pick.

Citing a source, Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported Saturday that UCLA's medical staff "doesn't want him to play" in the bowl game because he suffered a concussion late in the season. "We did not draft a quarterback in the first round and say, 'This is our quarterback of the future.' We took a quarterback".

Fielding questioning from media on Saturday in Phoenix, where the Cactus Bowl will be played, Rosen was asked whether he will play even if he does pass the protocol, given the chance of injury and his future National Football League prospects.

Don't bank on that happening. It also might not be, because Rosen reportedly doesn't want to get drafted by the Browns.

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An NFC offensive coach told ESPN that UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen is "just so natural in everything he does on the field". Before the season I pegged Rosen No. 3 to the Jets, but the point about him being a top prospect remains, and it's likely he will be in play for the top pick if he enters. But he did express a desire to suit up with his teammates for the game, but explained that he understood why many players chose to sit out their final college game instead.

Plus, the new CBA makes it extremely hard to refuse to play for a team.

The Giants (2-12) would secure the No. 2 pick with losses in Arizona and at home against Washington next week.

Rosen could go full Eli Manning and make it clear he will refuse to report to camp, and that stinks.

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