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Josh Rosen is the real deal whether you like it or not

There are always going to be pros and cons to drafting players, especially quarterbacks, and Josh Rosen of the UCLA Bruins is no exception. While some might see his attitude as an issue for a team in the NFL, the fact that he’s able to put up absurd numbers consistently might make you think twice about passing on him.

In the loss to the Trojans, which gave UCLA their sixth loss of the year, Rosen still delivered on paper. Rosen completed more passes in the game than Darnold attempted, even though both teams had the ball for nearly 30 minutes apiece.

For Rosen, his night consisted of 421 yards through the air to go with three touchdowns and just one interception on a night where he was 32-52. Comparatively speaking, Darnold was just 17-28 with 264 yards of offense and one interception as well.

Not only was Rosen able to do more than Darnold, even in a loss, but he was also able to maintain a connection with the receiver catching fire in the game and delivering every time. All three of Rosen’s touchdowns came on passes to UCLA wide out Jordan Lasley.

Lasley finished the game with 10 receptions to his credit to go with the three scores and tacking up 204 yards on the field in the process.

Rosen had to find a way to make it work through the air, as the Trojans got a lot of help from star running back Ronald Jones II. Jones II ran the ball 28 times with 122 yards of offense and two scores.

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Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Rosen is going to go above and beyond Darnold at the next level. And he’s not waiting for anyone else to be ready for it.