Report: Rosen to visit the Bills on Tuesday

Josh Rosen is making a stop to Buffalo on his journey of pre-draft visits

Nate Geary
April 10, 2018 - 9:48 am

Photo: Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills are certainly getting busy in their evaluation process of the draft’s top quarterbacks. On top of Mason Rudolph and Baker Mayfield, the Bills will add UCLA’s Josh Rosen to the growing list of prospects that will take a pre-draft visit to One Bills Drive.

 

Much like the other top quarterbacks in this class, Rosen has his faults. Those faults, however, haven’t really been tied to his play on the field but rather his maturity level. His head coach Jim Mora Jr., who was fired at the end of the season, spoke with MMQB’s Peter King about the issues that surround Rosen as a franchise quarterback. 

“He’s a franchise-changer. He’s got the ability to have an immediate impact. His arm talent, intelligence and his ability to see the game and diagnose the game is rare,” Mora said. 

“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored. He’s a millennial,” Mora went on to say. “He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they’re good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.”

Pretty interesting stuff from his former coach.

Aas a passer, Rosen is the clear-cut top quarterback in this draft. Interestingly enough, what seems to be holding him back are questions about his dedication to football, which at 21 is a tad unfair. 

Rosen finished his three-year career at UCLA with 9,340 yards, 59 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, all with minimal NFL talent around him. Defensively, UCLA ranked 117th (36.6 points per-game in 2017), 59th (27.5 points per-game in 2016), and 55th (26 points per-game in 2015) in opponent points per-game, which means Rosen spent a lot of time playing from behind. 

Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott will continue their process this week on Josh Rosen, hopefully leading them closer to whom they’ll target on April 26th.

Hear what Inside the Pylon's Mark Schofield and I had to say about Rosen in our Intentional Scouting podcast. You can listen to it below:

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