Mock 2018 NFL drafts—here, here, here, and here, for example—tend to favor UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen as the number one overall pick, headed to the Cleveland Browns, who have needed a franchise quarterback for, well, my entire life. Which makes this report, from Adam Schefter, another hilarious bummer for Browns fans: Rosen is unenthused enough about potentially playing for the Browns that he’s willing to delay becoming a millionaire professional athlete by a year in order to avoid them at the top of the draft:
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns and would be hesitant to declare for next year’s NFL draft if he knew that Cleveland was going to take him with the No. 1 overall pick, according to league sources familiar with the situation.
Privately, Rosen has expressed concern about winding up in Cleveland and would rather be with a more stable franchise, such as the Giants.
Rosen will reportedly begin looking more seriously towards his future after UCLA wraps up its season in the Cactus Bowl on Tuesday. The choice would seem to be between another year as a hero in sunny southern California versus moving to northern Ohio and becoming another in a long line of cursed quarterbacks. Tough call!