Between Twitter and internet postings over the last few months, we have seen scores of articles and tweets as to how great the quarterback class was going to be in the 2018 NFL Draft. Some said that it was going to be so outstanding that there would be teams such as Buffalo, the New York Jets and Cleveland maybe “tanking” the season to get a shot at these players.
As you all know, I wrote that not one game had been played yet, and that it was far too early for all the hype. I also wrote in a separate piece that it was ludicrous to even think an NFL club would even think about “tanking”.
After the completion of Week 1 in the 2017 college football season, I was proven correct. While this quarterback class has the talent to be good, not great, for the most part it disappointed over opening weekend.
The three quarterbacks getting the most hype going into the season all played poorly-to-mediocre in their first game. Wyoming’s Josh Allen — who was “supposed” to be the next John Elway — struggled versus a midlevel Big Ten team, Iowa. He showed poor poise and very average accuracy. While, yes, it was only one game, the fact remains that whenever he has played against Power 5 schools he has struggled. The worst game of Allen’s career to date was last year versus Nebraska.
USC’s Sam Darnold had a very average game against the MAC’s Western Michigan. He completed 23-of-33 for 289 yards, but also threw two interceptions, no touchdowns and was sacked twice. A player of his talent should dominate in a game like this, and he far from dominated.
Last night, at the Rose Bowl, for the better part of three quarters UCLA’s Josh Rosen was horrible. Going into the fourth quarter, UCLA was down 44-17 — much because of the play of Rosen. Yes, he led a miraculous comeback that led to a UCLA victory, but was that the play of Rosen or the play of Texas A&M? A review of the tape will show that it was more an indictment of the Texas A&M coaching staff and players than it was of Rosen playing outstanding football. Two touchdown passes he threw were poor decisions on his part and should have been interceptions! When NFL scouts dissect the play, they will see the good and the bad.
Although Rosen played well in the fourth quarter, he was awful for the first three quarters, and much of that play caused UCLA to be in the hole they were in.