Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden heard the identify “Josh Rosen” and stuttered, then laughed. Throughout a media session on the NFL’s annual league assembly two weeks in the past, Gruden had been requested if the workforce had scouted the Arizona Cardinals quarterback when he was leaving UCLA final spring. Gruden had began to reply within the affirmative, however stopped.
“Josh is an effective soccer participant, however he’s not on our workforce,” Gruden stated. “So no purpose to speak about him, is there?”
Then he smiled once more, for there’s loads of purpose for the Redskins to be speaking about Rosen. In what’s a uncommon set of circumstances within the NFL, the 10th choose in final 12 months’s draft — the Cardinals’ presumed future franchise quarterback — may be obtainable for commerce. And the dots proceed to get related between Rosen and the Redskins, who want to search out their very own quarterback of the long run.
Within the final week alone, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Todd McShay and NBC’s Peter King have instructed that Washington is the favourite to land Rosen in a pre-draft commerce, and a number of folks with data of the Redskins’ considering affirm that the workforce is unquestionably fascinated with buying the second-year passer.
NFL coaches, scouts and executives are notoriously dishonest round draft time, in hopes of disguising their true intentions. So there is no such thing as a technique to actually know if Arizona plans to draft Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray with the primary choose and commerce away Rosen, simply as there is no such thing as a method of realizing if or how badly the Redskins need to commerce for Rosen, who had an uneven rookie 12 months — together with throwing 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions — for a poor Cardinals workforce. For his half, Rosen reported Monday for Arizona’s offseason exercises, after eradicating a number of Cardinals-related posts from his Instagram account earlier this offseason amid a flurry of Murray rumors.
On the identical day Gruden declined to speak about Rosen, workforce President Bruce Allen stated there had been a number of discussions on the conferences between groups lining up attainable draft day trades, ought to a very coveted participant rise or fall. He stated the Redskins “would do extra analysis on these forms of gamers,” however didn’t point out Rosen particularly. Allen additionally insisted that Washington didn’t have to return out of the primary spherical with a quarterback, saying he didn’t “need to drive one thing.”
Nonetheless, a Rosen commerce would make sense for the Redskins for 2 main causes. For starters, there’s a lack of consensus on this 12 months’s quarterback prospects amongst draft analysts and league expertise evaluators. With Rosen, Washington might get a quarterback who was extensively thought of one of many prime choices in final 12 months’s star-studded quarterback class, only one season into his rookie contract. Although his first-year efficiency was subpar, one might argue he presents much less danger than a few of this 12 months’s prime prospects, and a workforce that acquired him might achieve this with out having to endure the rising pains most rookies expertise.
There’s additionally the matter of compensation, as Rosen might doubtlessly be acquired for a second- or third-round choose. For a Washington roster with wants at a number of key positions, that may very well be a extra fascinating possibility than investing a first-round choose in a rookie quarterback.
Former Seahawks and Saints basic supervisor Randy Mueller stated that Rosen could be an “superior” match for Gruden’s short-passing, ball management offense, and argued that Rosen’s rookie-year failures have been extra a product of the Cardinals’ general dysfunction and “little or no of [Rosen’s] personal doing.”
“His accuracy and talent to get the ball out of his hand are uncommon,” Mueller stated.
It’s not as if the Redskins need to commerce for Rosen or take a quarterback early within the draft. They’ve two veterans in Colt McCoy and Case Keenum who will compete for the beginning job. However each are solely beneath contract for one 12 months and with the workforce unsure if Alex Smith will ever return from final season’s devastating leg damage, workforce officers have privately informed folks across the NFL that they have to discover a long-term reply at quarterback.
At what value, nevertheless? There are various rumors flying round Rosen as of late, with a number of stories saying groups have already made affords for a quarterback the Cardinals have stated they won’t even deal. The final feeling is that Arizona would need at the least a second-round choose in return. The Redskins personal the 46th general choose within the second spherical, which they may be keen to half with given they’ve two third-round picks along with the 15th general selection.
“There’s no method [the Redskins] are going to surrender a first-round choose for Rosen,” stated former Redskins basic supervisor Charley Casserly, an analyst for the NFL Community.
Mueller, for his half, thinks Rosen is value a first-round choose and wonders if the New England Patriots would possibly need to commerce the final choose within the first spherical to groom him as Tom Brady’s successor. Different rumors have related Rosen to the New York Giants, who’re in want of a quarterback to develop behind Eli Manning and possess the sixth, 17th and 37th general picks within the draft, however won’t be keen to half with any of the three in change for Rosen.
The Redskins have comparable purpose to not need to overpay for Rosen when it comes to draft choose compensation, as they’re in want of an affect edge rusher on protection and pass-catcher on offense, amongst different areas. They may balk at freely giving an excessive amount of for a quarterback who wouldn’t be a lock to win a three-way competitors with McCoy and Keenum this offseason.
Nonetheless, Rosen’s potential is intoxicating.
“Rosen is forward [of this year’s class] as a result of he performed in a professional system [last season],” Casserly stated, including that the considerations hooked up to Rosen are his work habits and talent to comply with the sport plan.
“A man can blossom and be good, there’s little doubt about that,” Casserly continued. “That’s why you place a [second round pick] and also you would possibly hit a house run with it.”
Kareem Copeland contributed to this report.
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