NFL Draft 2018: UCLA’s Josh Rosen Furious About Being Selected 10th, Calls First Nine Picks ‘Mistakes’
Josh Rosen was furious about the fact he was selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night, and the UCLA quarterback did not shy away from showing how upset he felt.
According to ESPN, Rosen was hoping to be picked in the top three, and slammed the nine selections that came before him when talking to reporters.
“There were nine mistakes ahead of me,” said the UCLA star, who admitted he was “pissed.”
The Cardinals took Rosen after trading three picks to the Oakland Raiders. Despite how livid he was, the QB added that he truly felt happy when he learned Arizona had chosen him.
“I was really, really angry. I wasn’t really showing it. I was trying to keep calm, cool, composed,” Rosen said, per ESPN. “But I thought I was going to get picked, and I thought I was going to have to put on a face and try and fake happiness. But for some reason, right when I got that call, that’s not what happened. I got really happy and really motivated.”
Rosen continued: “All I wanted to do was basically get on a plane right then and go straight to Arizona and start working. It was definitely a surprise when I got that phone call in terms of the emotions I was feeling. But I think everything happens for a reason.”
Rosen was one of four quarterbacks selected in the top 10, the first time in many years that this many passers were drafted so early. The others were the Browns’ No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, USC’s Sam Darnold, whom the New York Jets took at No. 3, and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, whom the Buffalo Bills picked seventh.
When speaking to reporters, Rosen also said that he hopes to stay with the Cardinals for several years.
Arizona’s two current quarterbacks are Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon, both of whom signed with the teams in free agency in March. New Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said Bradford is expected to be the team’s starter.
Among the other top first-round picks taken Thursday was Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, whom the New York Giants selected at No. 2.