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Josh Rosen, NFL starter - but nearly still a college QB

Broadcaster Al Michaels made an appearance on Colin Cowherd's FS1 show recently, and the subject of Josh Rosen came up. This was still long before Rosen's ascension to the starting lineup, but Michaels, who spoke to Rosen during a production meeting prior to the Cardinals-Cowboys preseason game in August, had an interesting tale of Rosen's to tell.

Apparently, before Rosen had decided to leave UCLA and enter the NFL draft, UCLA had hired Chip Kelly to be their coach. Rosen -- who coincidentally was an Eagles' fan growing up and watched Kelly as Philly's coach -- sat down to talk about Rosen's future plans. Kelly told Rosen he would support Rosen regardless of whether he stayed for his senior season or went into the draft.

"He walks out of the meeting with Kelly and he's so impressed," Michaels recounted. "Now he's thinking about, does he come back and play his senior year at UCLA? He said, 'I could not let emotion get in the way of logic.' "

That makes sense, especially since at that point, Rosen was probably still thinking he'd be a top-3 pick. Being a top 10 pick does as well. Now that Rosen finds himself in the starting lineup for the Cardinals, it makes even more sense for him to be a pro. But to think, he could have been prepping for a road game at Colorado this weekend for the Bruins, instead of the Seahawks at home. And the Cardinals' draft would have been drastically different.

UCLA's Josh Rosen poses with his Arizona Cardinals team jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
QB Josh Rosen

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