It was widely assumed that star UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would ultimately declare for the 2018 NFL Draft despite some speculation that he’d consider staying for his senior season. On Wednesday, that’s exactly what happened, as Rosen officially declared for April’s draft on his Twitter account.
Thankful to be a Bruin pic.twitter.com/iph754UL2b
— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) January 3, 2018
“Thank you most of all to my family for supporting me. I love you all and don’t know what I would without you guys. And now, as a proud UCLA Bruin, I am officially declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.”
While college football fans were intrigued by the possibility of Rosen playing for new UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, the lure of the draft was just too great. Given that he’s projected to be a top five pick, it’s hard to blame the young signal caller for making this decision, especially given the beating he’s taken the last three years behind some shoddy Bruin offensive lines.
Rosen made headlines a few weeks ago when it came out that he’d rather be drafted by the New York Giants than the Cleveland Browns. Rosen attempted to clarify the report, stating that he’s more concerned about being selected where he fits best rather than as high as possible come draft day.
Along with Sam Darnold (who also just declared), Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, there is no shortage of highly touted QBs in this year’s draft.
"He is the best quarterback prospect since John Elway." –@RamsNFL radio analyst and @UCLAFootball legend @MJD broke down his fellow Bruin @josh3rosen, who just declared for the 2018 #NFLDraft: pic.twitter.com/3QB9RcQ7dw
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) January 4, 2018