With the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected a quarterback... who was not named Josh Rosen. The same could be said for the New York Jets (No. 3) and Buffalo Bills (No. 7). The Arizona Cardinals traded up to No. 10 to take Rosen, whom many expected could go in the top five.
He was a top recruit coming out of high school and was considered a can't-miss prospect for his entire college career, but Rosen fell farther than expected on his actual draft day. After the draft, he made it clear his slide would serve as motivation.
He told reporters: "There were nine mistakes made ahead of me, and I'm going to make sure they all know it was a mistake."
He also said: "I thought I should have been picked at 1, 2 or 3. I dropped and I was pissed. I was really, really angry."
Hey, the I-fell-too-far chip is a real thing. Some would say Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz has had it this year. But not everyone liked Rosen's aggressive response.
First Take analyst Stephen A. Smith, for example, put Rosen on blast.
Josh Rosen needs to be quiet. pic.twitter.com/za8Up5rfqA— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 27, 2018
"He looks like he needs to be in the weight room just as much as me, and on top of it all you're going into the NFL, where grown men whose livelihoods are on the line," Smith said. "And oh, by the way, they have a license to assault you. So even if you're flinging passes, you can still get knocked upside your head."
Vegas thinks Rosen has the third-best chances of any rookie quarterback to start a game first.
Odds for the first rookie QB to start a game, via @BetDSI— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 27, 2018
Josh Allen +150
Baker Mayfield +250
Josh Rosen +450
Sam Darnold +750
Lamar Jackson +1200