Bizarre Josh Rosen Story Suggests Browns Still Have Zero Clue What They’re Doing

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It’s not entirely clear how the Cleveland Browns ruled out drafting Josh Rosen with the No. 1 overall pick with the 2018 NFL Draft.

But the newest Arizona Cardinals quarterback owes the UCLA volleyball team, big time.

On Monday, Cleveland’s vice president of player personnel revealed an anecdote that led to their souring on the former UCLA signal caller.

Or at least he tried to.

“I was at an airport,” Alonzo Highsmith told the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, according to the Canton Repository. “UCLA’s volleyball team was in front of me. You heard so much about Rosen. He’s this or that. We all know how people talk.

“So I asked one of the volleyball coaches, ‘What’s Rosen like?’ He said, ‘Aaaaa, you should probably ask his girlfriend. She’s one of the players. She’s over there.’

“I’m like, ‘All right coach. That’s good enough.’

“I don’t know what all this means, but there was something about him that bothered me.”

Wait … what?

Did he speak to Rosen’s girlfriend Zana Muno or not? Was the coach’s deferring to the person in the vicinity most familiar with the quarterback enough to turn Highsmith and general manager John Dorsey off? Does the dude just hate volleyball?

Whatever it is, let’s file this tale away.

According to the past two decades of Browns football, it will be even funnier a few years from now.

Like that time the Browns trusted the word of a homeless man over their own $100,000 evaluation to take Johnny Manziel in 2014. Or that time they traded down after determining Carson Wentz wouldn’t be one of the league’s top 20 quarterbacks.

How can one team with so many draft failures be so eager to divulge embarrassing stories of their draft processes?

I guess we should take Highsmith at his word: “I don’t know what all this means.”