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Josh Rosen would be hesitant to declare for draft if Cleveland Browns target him with top pick

Josh Rosen reportedly prefers the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns and plans to remain in college if the latter pegs him as the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

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Standout college quarterback Josh Rosen reportedly prefers the New York Giants over the Cleveland Browns as his landing spot in the 2018 NFL draft, according to a report by ESPN insider Adam Schefter.

Schefter also reports Rosen’s hesitancy to declare for the draft at all should the Browns peg him with what’s assumed to be their first overall pick in the draft. A loss against the Chicago Bears would lock that in, giving the team possibly two Top 5 picks.

Rosen plans to have a “serious conversation” with his parents about declaring for the NFL, some time after UCLA’s Cactus Bowl appearance, a game which he’s questionable to play after suffering his second concussion of the season a couple of weeks ago against California.

The UCLA quarterback is a consensus marquee prospect, with many analysts projecting his pocket ability, accuracy and arm talent as the quality traits of an upper-tier NFL quarterback.

It’s unlikely new Browns general manager John Dorsey would ignore a player’s reported hesitancy to join his vision of building a competitive roster. However, Dorsey can’t be extorted by a player he feels is the best fit to be the face of that new team for years to come. If he feels Rosen is that guy, and he very well could, it’ll be interesting to see what he does if Rosen declares and he believes these reports to be true.

Rumors have also circulated around another top quarterback prospect who’s dreading the possibility of being selected by the Browns. Sam Darnold had to field questions about his potential decision to stay in college to avoid that potential fate.