LA’s Rosen and Darnold are great prospects but have humbling times not typically #1 pick worthy
A traditional drop from under center followed by a quick 1.5 second delivery for a decisive first down on a deep dig or seam route is why scouts love UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen and a fluid faked zone stretch followed by a bootleg and 20-yard pass for a decisive first down while the ball splits between defenders is why scouts love Sam Darnold. But it’s the things scouts do not love that that scares Bruins and Trojans fans weekly and those things can easily make a scout question whether these players are #1 and #2 overall worthy.
The consensus on these two makes this a legitimate conversation to have. And whoever selects these guys wants to make sure they’re getting a legitimate franchise quarterback… Despite Rosen being a better traditional passer and having better typical pocket passing skills, Darnold still looks superior in looking and playing the part of an NFL star play for play— that says a lot considering most scouts believe Darnold has a higher ceiling as an overall player too.
Darnold certainly has a higher ceiling when it comes to any type of mobility, intangibles and clutch play in crunch time. And he is certainly a better runner too as he as amounted for the majority of his touchdowns improvising and has amounted for 38 yards on 50 rushes and 3 touchdowns. In 2016, Darnold accumulated 250 yards on 62 attempts with 3 touchdowns.
Rosen is a more accurate and is a safer player too who prefers to do his work in a more traditional pocket setting in a traditional NFL offense: Darnold is a riskier player operating a heavily influenced spread West Coast offense and in ’17 has disappointingly accumulated a staggering 10 interceptions and 19 in his career, compared with 8 interceptions this year. Both turn it over too much, but Darnold still plays with more risks, as he throws a lot more balls into traffic, as his offense calls him to do so respectively too. And although I have said Darnold is the more risky player in terms of style, he is actually not the more risky player in terms of what’s needed down for down and for what the game of football is coming to wholeheartedly. The more risky player for building a team in terms of what the game will be like both in the 2018 NFL season and in the future, would be less athletic and less mobile Josh Rosen.
And although I’m making many points about these guys that do not exactly correlate and form a positive image of their being #1 overall pick worthy, they are still great talents at very least, worthy of at least some of the consideration for the opportune position. Rosen has a great passer rating of 146 this season. So far in ’17, Darnold has a 143 passer rating. And productivity has been good too.
But what I said in critiquing their overall grade is still true and a little cause for concern: Darnold’s team has lost two games. Rosen’s team is at 4-4 and has taken a step back as a program in a disappointing but understanding manner. Darnold is at 2,560 passing yards this season, while Rosen 2,715 yards already.
These two are the #1 and #2 rated quarterbacks, according to both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, a pick that could likely land with the Cleveland Browns again. Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson is projected the #1 pick, according to CBS Sports.
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