Jim Mora should stop trying to help Josh Rosen's draft stock

Kristopher Nichols
April 3, 2018

Mora said previously that he merely thought Darnold would be a better fit in Cleveland than would Rosen, and on Monday afternoon, he told Up To The Minute Live that he firmly believes Rosen is the draft's top talent.

"I put it in the context of fit", Mora told Peter King of the MMQB in an interview published Monday, only sort of clarifying what he told NFL Network, that Darnold "represents what Cleveland is", whereas "if I was one of the NY teams, then I'd take Josh". "He's a millennial. He wants to know why", Mora told King. "I think he'll excel". Josh has a lot of interests in life. Second, Mora is describing Rosen's off-field interests in a negative way, as if they should not come between Rosen and football. And if they instead pick Josh Allen from Wyoming, I still think Darnold will come off the board prior to Rosen.

It's possible Rosen could end up with the Giants or the Jets, who pick No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, since both teams could take a quarterback. "He has so much ability, and he's a really good kid". Others have hypothesized that Rosen's comfortable background - his father is a surgeon - means he lacks the hunger to be a great player.

Another interesting note from King's chat with Mora: Despite the heavy interest in Rosen and his likely high draft position, Mora says he has yet to get a call from an National Football League general manager asking about Rosen.

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Sports Illustrated's Peter King followed up with Mora, who was sacked by UCLA in November and asked him to explain his stance on Darnold vs. Rosen.

Which, okay, except for that you also don't think he has a mindset to succeed in anything other than a flawless, winning organization, which apparently matters quite a bit to Jim Mora. What does Jim Mora gain here? Should either pull the trigger on Rosen, Mora double downed on the intensity of the player they'd be receiving.

I have never heard of anything like this, even with the Giants/Jets note following what Mora said first.

Here's the thing: If that's true, wouldn't the best way to stimulate Rosen - considered by many to be arguably the most pro-ready top QB prospect - intellectually be an opportunity to play right away? But even then, there are better ways to do it, including a few that don't make you sound like an idiot.

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