Los Angeles Rams: 4 grades for the NFC West after the 2018 NFL Draft
By Steve Rivera
The absolute steal of the first round, and likely the steal of the 2018 NFL Draft, was the selection of quarterback Josh Rosen from UCLA.
Period, full stop.
The Cardinals, who had their starter Carson Palmer finally pack it in at the conclusion of the 2017 season, had signed former Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to one of those one season, make good kind of deals.
Needless to say, Rosen falling to Arizona on Opening Night makes the Bradford signing a distant heavy-sigh.
Rosen is a franchise changer, and to call it anything else is remarkable ignorance and arrogance.
The former UCLA signal caller was everything you’d want from a top overall pick, without being the top overall pick.
By every definition, he was a gift to a franchise desperately needing a break, at the one position that can change the day to day during an NFL regular season.
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He won’t challenge the Los Angeles Rams out of the gate for what would likely be a second consecutive NFC West title, but he will be a thorn in the side of a lot of teams much sooner rather than later.
The Cardinals hit the NFL Draft lottery when it least expected to. He will also have an influence on the division before fans in LA or anywhere else knows it.
He’s the goods.
Cardinals get an A for not passing him up.