This is hardly the first time that a player has expressed concern about landing in Cleveland, though that will not dissuade new Browns general manager John Dorsey from taking the player he believes is the best fit for his franchise.
After UCLA plays Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl on Tuesday, Rosen plans to discuss his future with his parents before finalizing his decision about whether to declare for the draft, according to ESPN, and the Browns owning the top choice could influence his decision.
Rosen is now in concussion protocol and has not been cleared to play in the bowl game, but he told reporters he hopes to play Tuesday.
"I didn't say anything about the Browns", Darnold told reporters after a Trojans' practice.
The Browns can clinch the top pick with either a loss to the Bears or a victory by the Giants over the Cardinals. Rosen prefers a team situation similar to that of the New York Giants, however, and wants no part of the Browns, per Schefter.
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Rosen is now in concussion protocol and will sit out of the Bruins' Cactus Bowl matchup against Kansas State this week.
But the UCLA quarterback wanted to be out there with his teammates, and when he was asked about players such as Florida State's Derwin James and Oregon's Royce Freeman skipping games to preserve their National Football League future, Rosen delivered a thoughtful and heartfelt answer.
"I want to do everything I can to play in this game", he said.
The Browns (0-14) are now in position to get the top pick for the second straight year.
Cleveland has drafted a quarterback in three of the last four drafts. Quarterback's unique. We'll take a few licks here and there, but nothing like the beating those guys take. I mean you hope it is.