Former UCLA head coach Jim Mora recruited Josh Rosen and had a seat in the front row during his tenure as Bruins & # 39; QB for the past three seasons. However, if Mora would advise the Cleveland Browns he would meet with the first overall pick, he would suggest that they hand Rosen over to a QB he was training against.
Mora said at the route to the draft on Monday that he would advise the Browns to choose Sam Darnold of USC first.
"Because of pass I would take Sam Darnold if I were the Cleveland Browns," said Mora. "I think [he has] this stupid attitude I think his teammates will love him I think the city will love him He'll say the right things He'll come in and represent well I think he's way which is Cleveland, and if I were one of the New York teams, I would take Josh like this, I think they will both be great pros. "
Now it's a little bit unusual to hear a coach who's a former student not highly praised, at least in public, but Mora's analysis agrees with what was customary up to that point in the design process. Darnold is widely regarded as the likely first pick and best fit for Cleveland. None of the latest NFL.com mock drafts has left Rosen later than the overall third of the jets.
Rosen will probably disagree with his former coach. He has said that he is the best and most accurate QB in the design. It's not like Mora turned on his former QB. He consistently praised Rosen, including Monday, when he likened Darnold and Rosen to two of the world's biggest stars.
"I think one day we will hopefully talk about the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady debate One is better? I think both types can be such types," Mora said on Monday Total Access .
When Mora corrects somewhere near this projection, the teams with Darnold and Rosen end up being excited about their decisions.