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Josh Rosen is Arizona Cardinals most likely rookie impact per one draft analyst

The NFL Draft analyst sees Rosen winning the starting job and having a big impact for the Arizona Cardinals.

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With NFL training camps still over two months away, projecting how the 2018 NFL Draft class will perform is always an exercise in projections.

We don’t know how any of these players will adapt to life in the NFL, if they’ll be able to beat out the players in front of them, if the team even has an inkling of starting them.

Yet, it also makes for some of the best conversations over a long, hot Arizona summer.

That’s why, when I read that CBS Sports lead draft writer Chris Trapasso had made his picks for each team’s most likely rookie impact player, I was interested if he had Christian Kirk, Mason Cole or even a Christian Campbell as the guy...

Trapasso’s pick floored me:

Josh Rosen, QB: The Cardinals may take it slow with Rosen, but I think he’ll beat out Sam Bradford in camp and the preseason and start in Week 1. Rosen is surgical in the short-to-intermediate ranges and has Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson at his disposal. Don’t forget about second-round pick Christian Kirk either. He should be a slot target Rosen will look for often.

It is not surprising that the guy with the “most ready” NFL label would be picked to start in the NFL early, but it is surprising to see the lack of confidence within the media for Sam Bradford.

One, it is fair that no one trusts Bradford, media pundits and let’s face it NFL teams, have been putting their faith in Bradford and getting the rug pulled out from under them each time.

Bradford isn’t a bad quarterback, but if Rosen offers you the same onfield value coming out of camp, it would do nothing to keep him on the bench, I agree.

The benefit of Bradford is obviously he is familiar with the NFL game and picking up a new offense, but this isn’t a situation where he is an entrenched starter. No, instead this is a veteran, journeyman quarterback on his fourth team since 2014 and a player who has only started in 31 games since 2014.

It does not come off as a surprise that national media is less optimistic about Bradford’s chances than Cardinals staff, media and fans.

Yet, it was a bit surprising to see the idea of Rosen winning the job outright in camp.

What do you think?

Could Josh Rosen win the job in camp?


Will Josh Rosen win the starting quarterback job outright for the Arizona Cardinals?

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