"Whenever I come out to go to the National Football League, I think I'd be honored to play for any team", Darnold said Wednesday, per the Orange County Register. A couple of names stands out, including Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen, but there is a long time between now and when Roger Goodell goes to the podium with the first overall pick written on his index card. They might want to, and people in the media may not give them that shot that there's a part of them that may want to be in college, that may want to play in this bowl game. Fortunately for the Browns, Darnold just made taking him a lot easier as he won't put up a fuss like Rosen would if selected by the team with the top pick.
According to ESPN, Rosen has expressed concern about winding up in Cleveland, and would rather be with a more stable franchise.
Pauline revealed that John Dorsey was one of his sources cited in a November draft report that included this blurb on Rosen.
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Rosen has thrown 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this year for the Bruins wile the Browns have already clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft.
The expectation is that Rosen would prefer to play in NY as Eli Manning's heir. Rosen preferred the New York Giants, who now are projected to pick second. Cleveland had the top pick in the 2017 draft as well, taking defensive end Myles Garrett. In this scenario, the Browns could try to use some of those assets to trade back up, likely from the pick received from the Houston Texans to get their quarterback or simply sit tight and trust no one else is going to grab their guy. The Trojans star is expected to be one of the first players taken if he makes himself eligible.
Rosen is absolutely right. It would have been slightly more hard, at least from a PR standpoint, to trade out or pass on Rosen if he did in fact want to play for the Browns.