Josh Rosen on NFL draft slide: ‘There were nine mistakes made ahead of me’

Josh Rosen was upset after he was taken 10th overall in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at the NFL draft.
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Rosen is an extremely qualified franchise quarterback prospect, physically and mentally, but he rubs the NFL hivemind the wrong way. The problem for Rosen and the Cardinals is that the hivemind is persistent and consistent, and it makes sure its prophecies are self-fulfilled. If the Real Football Guys decide some tall kid with good hair deserves 75 chances, the tall kid with good hair gets 75 chances. If someone else doesn’t fit the culture, he had better perform like Randy Moss right away.

So Rosen must be undeniably successful as quickly as possible. Otherwise, he will be othered by the hivemind and find second chances hard to come by while less-gifted quarterbacks who act more like the eager young second lieutenants in old war movies get opportunities instead.

Limited Kids Alan Branch Jersey That’s just how the NFL works, and challenging it makes you even more of an outsider.

Arizona may be Rosen’s best landing spot: a quiet media market, an organization that doesn’t get sucked into histrionics, a new coach who won’t be on the hot seat anytime soon and a depth chart full of tall guys with good hair that will be easily climbed once Sam Bradford gets injured (Labor Day) and Mike Glennon generates his 15th turnover (Columbus Day). Derrick White Womens Jersey In three years, we may be wondering what other teams were thinking when they let Rosen fall to the Cardinals. Let’s hope so. Because the NFL hivemind could always use another kick in its complacency.

The Browns also saw a leader. Studying his body language, command of the huddle, and how he relates to teammates and coaches, as well as how he handled himself in pre-draft interviews, Cleveland officials came away impressed. Mayfield will get in a teammate’s face and demand better effort out of him just as soon as he will slap him on the butt and praise him. No moment has ever seemed too big for Mayfield, and players respect him and feed off of the edge and confidence with which he carries himself.

Dorsey and McCloughan spent extensive time with Brett Favre during their time together in Green Bay, and they see聽a number of similarities in Favre and Mayfield’s mannerisms and competitive fire.

Baker Mayfield is the ultimate competitor, Dorsey said. He is revered by his teammates. He has earned everything he has ever had from high school, to college, and now here. He is a winner, he’s competitive, I mean, he really is.

The Browns also looked at Mayfield and saw a straight-shooter. He had personal questions to answer leading up to the draft. What was he thinking planting the Oklahoma flag at the center of the Ohio State field? How about when made an obscene gesture while yelling expletives at Kansas players and coaches? And what about the time he ran from police in Arkansas before getting arrested and聽later pleading guilty to public intoxication?
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Mayfield owned up to every mistake, explaining he had acted immaturely and that he understood as the face of a franchise, he couldn’t afford to make the same kinds of mistakes. He impressed the Browns with his candor, humility and understanding for the need for accountability.

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