With the 2020 NFL Draft just days away rumors and suggestions for teams are circulating at an all-time high.
The latest being for the Jaguars to trade a fourth-round selection in this year’s draft for Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen was traded for a second-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft last year by the Arizona Cardinals just one year after selecting the quarterback 10th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rosen, 6-foot-4, 226 pounds had all the makings of a franchise quarterback coming out of UCLA in 2018, however, he has yet to make much of a difference on the gridiron and has been cast out of dire situations in each of the past two seasons for different quarterbacks.
With that said, NBC’s Peter King mentioned in his FMIA column that the Jaguars as a team that should trade for Rosen during this week’s draft, citing a need for a backup quarterback to “push” incumbent starting quarterback Gardner Minshew II.
Here is King’s thoughts on the situation:
I think if I were Jacksonville, I’d offer my fourth-round pick, 116 overall, to Miami to send Josh Rosen up I-95 to be a Gardner Minshew safety net. Two reasons: As the Washington head coach last year, Jay Gruden was bullish on acquiring Rosen from Arizona; Gruden’s the offensive coordinator for the Jags now. And no matter how confident the Jags are in Minshew, they certainly can’t be positive that he’s the long-term solution at quarterback. There’s no good reason why Jacksonville shouldn’t spend a minimal amount on an insurance policy who’s never had the kind of chance the 10th pick in the draft should have had.
One interesting nugget is regarding Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden’s infatuation with the 23-year-old quarterback. If Gruden was that bullish on acquiring Rosen from Arizona last year prior to the Dolphins doing the same, it is possible he could push the team the minute Rosen is made available once again, if he is.
The Jaguars currently hold three four-round picks, Nos. 116, 137, and 140 — plenty of ammo to use in a trade up, or if they would like, a trade for a player at a position of need.
The Jaguars are bought-in with Minshew II, however the team did not rule out bringing in competition for him during this season. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell mentioned the team would like to carry three quarterbacks, at least through training camp, as Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has routinely done so in the past.
While the Jaguars would likely not trade for Rosen, and they probably shouldn’t, it would make an interesting case for the team’s quarterback position this year.
In his career, Rosen has completed 275 out of 502 (54.8%) of his passes for 2,845 yards, 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions — not exactly the stats of a potential franchise quarterback, or even a capable starter.
However, what Rosen does have going for him is his raw talent and potential which has not yet been allowed to be shown in the NFL. Rosen has played on two bad teams — Arizona and Miami — in his career, both have gone on to pick first and fifth in their respective drafts following acquiring the quarterback.
The Jaguars will probably pass on the option of bringing in Rosen, however the proposition isn’t too far beyond the ordinary.