Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was selected with the 10th overall pick in last night’s NFL draft, behind fellow quarterback prospects Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen. Living up to his pre-draft reputation as a guy who speaks his mind, Rosen admitted in post-draft interviews that he was pretty salty about getting passed up by nine other teams.
“I thought I should’ve been picked at 1, 2 or 3,” Rosen said. “I dropped, and I was pissed. I was really, really angry. I wasn’t really showing it. I was trying to keep calm, cool, composed. But I thought I was going to get picked, and I thought I was going to have to put on a face and try and fake happiness. But for some reason, right when I got that call, that’s not what happened. I got really happy and really motivated.”
He hit basically the same talking points in a radio interview:
Rosen also said that there were “nine mistakes” made by teams that didn’t pick him, and that he intends to spend the next “decade or so” making sure those teams know they made a mistake.
More than anything, this is evidence that Rosen is fully prepared to lean into the persona that has been crafted for him during his college career and the months leading up to the draft—that of a confident, bordering on arrogant, player who will Tell It Like It Is. If he turns out to be an All-Pro quarterback in the future, clips from his interviews last night will look really good in a sports drink commercial.