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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke to two executives who suggest UCLA QB Josh Rosen could be polarizing during interviews with teams.

"Intelligent but no telling how he will come across. Gut feel is that half the room is turned off and other half is impressed," one executive said. Another personnel member expects Rosen to "excel" during the 15-minute interviews with teams. This goes back to our point about prospects having personalities, and some personalities gel perfectly with a person and others don't. Just like in any facet of life. But do not confuse that with "character concerns."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 9:52 AM

Optimum Scouting tagged UCLA QB Josh Rosen as the No. 3 quarterback in their newest position rankings.

This is as low as we've seen Rosen on a position board this winter -- most outlets view him as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in this class, No. 2 at worst. Optimum Scouting slides Baker Mayfield in ahead of him, though, with Sam Darnold taking pole position. They believe that Mayfield will "likely grade out as a passer closer to Rosen than many may believe." We like the Sooners star to a point, but would furrow our eyebrows to considerable degree if he's selected before Rosen in the spring.
Feb 20 - 6:42 PM

Peter King of the MMQB has been told by multiple "NFLers" they expect the Giants to pass on a QB at No. 2 overall.

The goal would be to fill a much bigger need. And just like King, we do not believe it. Dave Gettleman is smart enough to know the goal is to not be in position to have the opportunity to select a quarterback one year from now. Or the next, or the next. Eli Manning is 37 years old. The Giants are not a few pieces away. A forward-thinking decision maker knows this will likely be his only opportunity to pick in the top two.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 20 - 9:31 AM

NFL.com Analyst Derek Carr lists Josh Rosen as the fourth-best QB worth pursuing in free agency or the NFL Draft.

Rosen ranks as the top draft option for Carr, as the top three are Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum. "He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this draft class, and I believe Rosen could win a starting job in a lot of places due to his football IQ and physical ability," Carr writes. He also compares him to Eli Manning in terms of football acumen; and notes that he believes that what some people believe is arrogance is actually boredom. "Some evaluators will see this trait as arrogant, but the teams that aren't intimidated by his intellect will challenge him," says Carr. "Give Rosen a playbook and a few months, and he'll bring it to life."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 1:51 PM

NFLDraftScout believes that UCLA T Kolton Miller is one of the players getting the most mixed reviews before the scouting combine.

As the site notes, Miller was ranked 13th on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr's big board, and he's been mentioned as a first-round pick in several mock drafts. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout is far less convinced, saying he didn't see a top 100 player when he viewed his tape. They do acknowledge that he has an impressive frame (6'8/308), but note that he struggles with hand placement, and he struggles with quicker pass-rushers. Miller will likely impress during the NFL Scouting Combine, but teams that study his tape might not be as enthralled. This will be a name to watch over the next few weeks.
Feb 19 - 12:36 PM

Benjamin Allbright reports that the Bills are trying to trade up into the top ten of this year's draft, presumably to acquire a quarterback.

The Bills have both the 21st and 22nd pick in this year's draft, as they acquired Kansas City's first-round pick last spring in the Patrick Mahomes deal. What quarterback they'd be targeting remains to be seen, but there has been recent speculation tying them to UCLA's Josh Rosen. His arm strength should play fine in the cold wind of Buffalo, and many consider him the most "NFL ready" signal-caller in the class. Stay tuned; we often see trade movement around the combine, and that's just around the corner.
Feb 17 - 8:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks UCLA WR Jordan Lasley as the second best wide receiver in his updated position rankings.

Lasley (6'0/190) ranks only behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley, who is the only wideout who makes Kiper's Big Board of the top 25 draft prospects at 14. Lasley left school with a year left after putting up big numbers for the Bruins (69/1,264/9), but we haven't seen much talk about him going ahead of players like Texas A&M's Christian Kirk or Oklahoma State's James Washington, among others. How well he tests at the combine compared to those players will go a long way towards determining if he has a chance to be a late-first, early-second round selection.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 5:52 PM

UCLA OL coach Hank Fraley is leaving the Bruins to become the new OL coach of the Detroit Lions.

Fraley spent one year with the Bruins, and was going to be one of the few coaches retained by new UCLA head coach Chip Kelly. Almost all of his previous experience comes in the NFL. It was announced earlier Friday that offensive analyst Ramsen Golpashin will replace Fraley as the offensive line coach for the Bruins.
Feb 16 - 9:19 PM

UCLA T Kolton Miller ranks 13th on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's big board.

Miller is one of the biggest movers of the period, jumping up from the 25th spot he occupied in the previous edition. That move makes him the highest rated tackle by Kiper, and the second highest offensive lineman behind Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson. "Miller reminds me of Patriots left tackle Nate Solder, who went in the middle of the first round in 2011," Kiper writes. "They both have huge 6-foot-8 frames, and they have great feet." It sounds like at this point Miller has firmly implanted himself into the first round.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 7:23 PM

Football Scoop reports that UCLA graduate assistant Ramsen Golpashin will be promoted to OL coach

Golphasin came over last month from Cal to be a graduate assistant under Chip Kelly; a coach he played under at Oregon. With Hank Fraley leaving to become the offensive line coach of the Detroit Lines, he'll now be promoted to the big job. In addition to working for Cal, he's also been a graduate assistant for Hawaii and Oregon.
Feb 16 - 5:37 PM

Football Scoop reports that UCLA will hire Washington State outside receivers coach Derek Sage in an unspecified capacity.

The outlet does not offer up a potential position group for Sage, but the vast majority of his coaching experience has come in guiding receivers and it's logical that he'll be used in that capacity to one extent or another. He hooked up with Washington State last offseason after spending the prior three campaigns as receivers coach at Toledo, that job with the Rockets coming on the heels of a four-year stay coaching up the wideouts at Wyoming.
Feb 16 - 10:35 AM

Football Scoop reports that UCLA OL coach Hank Fraley has interviewed with the Detroit Lions.

Fraley is fresh off his first season with the Bruins. The vast bulk of his coaching experience has come at the NFL level, including past stints with the Eagles, Browns, Rams and most recently the Vikings. It's possible that UCLA could be out two position coaches in the near future, as in addition to Fraley's potential exit, Football Scoop reported earlier this week that TE coach Angus McClure could potentially jump for a job on staff at Nevada. Stay tuned on both fronts.
Feb 15 - 5:17 PM

Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio highlighted intermediate and vertical accuracy as the best parts of UCLA QB Josh Rosen's game.

Conversely, Rosen's inclination to "throw across the grain and forcing the ball into well-covered areas in the red zone" is his biggest drawback, per Waldman. So many lines and minute of conversation will be spent analyzing Rosen's personality. Not to say that is wrong, but so much of that information will be second hand. Instead, focusing on what Rosen can do on the field, and where he needs to improve, are paramount.
Feb 13 - 9:41 AM

NFL Network's Kyle Brandt believes that the Browns should take UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC QB Sam Darnold in the first round.

First, we should say that there's almost no chance that this would happen. The financial implications along with the other needs that Cleveland has would make this an almost impossible situation. And yet, in some crazy sort of way it does make sense. You lessen the risk, and keep in mind that the Browns essentially lucked into the fourth pick because of Deshaun Watson's injury. Also remember that they have three second round picks, so they certainly wouldn't be done if they took both. It's not going to happen, but it sure would be fun to watch.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 9:20 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that UCLA will hire Ethan Young to be the new director of strategic intelligence.

We don't know what this is, either. Football Scoop reports that Young has been working in the NFL league's office. He's also worked as Head of Strategic Intel at OaSIS and a scout for Bleacher Report's NFL1000 project.
Feb 10 - 6:32 PM


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