Rumor: Patriots have ‘expressed interest’ in drafting Josh Rosen
The New England Patriots have been widely tipped to be in the market for a quarterback in the upcoming draft. They have already been linked with a couple of the top options in this year’s class in Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. And now, it’s time to include Josh Rosen on that list.
According to Doug Kyed of NESN, the Patriots have “expressed interest” in the UCLA quarterback, who, along with Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Sam Darnold, is considered one of the four top QB prospects in this year’s draft.
Rosen is arguably the most complete quarterback prospect among the four due to his combination of physical tools and polished passing skills. He’s also not short on confidence and ambition, as he showed when he claimed he wants to win more Super Bowl rings than Tom Brady.
However, he has been tipped as the most likely among those four quarterbacks to slide outside the top 10 because of durability concerns more than issues about his personality.
After acquiring an additional first-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in the Brandin Cooks trade, the Patriots do have the ability to trade up into the top 10 to draft Rosen. But given Bill Belichick’s track record in the draft, it remains to be seen whether he feels strongly enough about Rosen to pull the trigger on a rare deal to trade up.
However, there remains looming uncertainty about the future of Brady, who may or may not be contemplating retirement in the near future. With Brian Hoyer the only other quarterback on the roster, the Patriots may be more compelled to pick a young quarterback who can play right away like Rosen.