While the rumors are that Sam Darnold from USC is likely to be chosen by the Browns at number one overall, I think it is safe to say that UCLA’s QB Josh Rosen is likely the better signal caller at this moment. Each of the quarterbacks in this draft has his warts, but from an NFL perspective, Rosen is the most polished.
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Rosen has played in several different systems as a Bruin, and he has shown the ability to play in entirely different systems while having complete command of them.
Down 10, under 6 mins to go in the 3rd and Rosen makes things happen.
Appears to change the play/blocking at the LOS bc he sees a single high look. Gives his WR a hand signal to run a go/takeoff route and he delivers a perfect back shoulder pass… pic.twitter.com/6oX3YVPhAp
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 4, 2018
In 2017, he was able to consistently identify coverages pre-snap, digest the coverage post-snap, understand who his read is, work through the progressions quickly, and then deliver accurately.
What else can you ask for?
3rd and long
Scans entire field post snap
Anticipates throw as defender widens to flats
Throws to a spot
Throw has velocity and is accurate
Follow along: https://t.co/aY6PcwPBcF pic.twitter.com/M3yclbidDi
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 6, 2018
Rosen’s understanding of the play design and defense’s coverage allows him to play fast. When his initial read wasn’t there on this Y-stick concept he would quickly move onto his 2nd or 3rd read, or even work the backside route combination as it attacks the middle of the field.
When you analyze this quarterback class, he is the quarterback that exhibits the ability to play within the play structure and execute it consistently at the speed the NFL expects.
Rosen sticks this throw low and to the back shoulder to help the WR avoid a big hit and or an interception..Impressive. pic.twitter.com/if9dmMRyf3
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 6, 2018
There are numerous plays on tape where he not only scanned the frontside of the play, but also the backside, just to be sure that his receiver would have advantageous leverage. He shows that here, as he is able to get the ball out after checking both sides of the defense, delivering this pass accurately in approximately 2.1 seconds. Per Pro Football Focus, Rosen delivered 25% of his throws in 2.5 seconds or less and completed a whopping 74% of those passes. On those plays he averaged 9 yards/attempt, with 9 touchdowns and only 1 interception.
Rosen flashes his play speed on this play…Checks the front and backside defenders to make sure that non one is able to make a play on the pass. Then zips the pass to his receiver for a big gain. pic.twitter.com/CRSozFw7U8
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 5, 2018
That’s a testament to his ability to mentally process coverages pre- to post-snap and distribute the ball accurately, something that he showed week in and week out with a concept known as the Spot/Snag concept. Here is a sneak peek at some of the premium content you can expect from us this season at Cover 1.
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