Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen reportedly undecided on entering the draft

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Some Cleveland Browns fans are hoping Josh Rosen can save the franchise, but he may not want to put himself in a position to be drafted by the team.

While many NFL fans are preparing for the playoffs, Cleveland Browns fans are ready to talk about the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barring two miraculous victories, the Browns will be on the clock as soon as the regular season ends next Sunday. And all anyone can talk about is finding that franchise quarterback.

Josh Rosen’s name has come up often in mock drafts, but drafting him first overall in 2018 may not be so simple, according to a report from Adam Schefter.

Schefter sums up the situation right away:

"UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns and would be hesitant to declare for next year’s NFL draft if he knew that Cleveland was going to take him with the No. 1 overall pick, according to league sources familiar with the situation."

Let’s break this down a bit further.

This isn’t coming directly from Rosen himself, but I also don’t discount Schefter either. However, I wouldn’t panic until Rosen makes a decision.

It would seem odd for a player to turn down No. 1 overall money to go back to school for a year, especially considering his stock could fall and the Browns could still be in a position to draft him again next year.

Rosen could go full Eli Manning and make it clear he will refuse to report to camp, and that stinks. But if he makes it clear that is the case, the team should just avoid the headache and not draft him.

If this is true, it is hard to blame Rosen. Browns fans get angry when college players don’t want to play here, but why would they? The Browns have been bad for years and consistently draft players that drop out of the league at a high rate.

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This will certainly be a storyline to keep track of over the next few weeks as Rosen will decide whether or not he wants to declare for the draft.