INDIANAPOLIS: No NFL organization wants a highly touted draft prospect to boycott being added to its roster, so hearing that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would be happy to play in Cleveland has provided some semblance of relief for the Browns.

Rosen recently told NFL Network there was “absolutely no foundation in reality” in ESPN’s report from Dec. 24 that he prefers to play for the New York Giants instead of the Browns and would be hesitant to declare for the draft if he knew Cleveland would pick him first overall on April 26.

NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported Rosen is “saying on the record he would happily play for the Browns” and he’ll deliver the message in person to coach Hue Jackson, General Manager John Dorsey and other members of the Browns when he meets with them this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jackson likes what he’s been hearing along those lines.

“It does feel good to know that — that was not the report that came from [Rosen],” Jackson said Wednesday at the Indiana Convention Center. “That was not something that he said, and he corrected that.”

Last year, defensive end Myles Garrett, in an ESPN-produced video, playfully asked the Dallas Cowboys to trade with the Browns and draft him first overall. But at the combine, Garrett apologized to the Browns and expressed his desire to help them reverse their fortunes. They eventually picked him at No. 1 overall, and now, on the heels of an 0-16 season, they have the top pick again, one spot before the Giants at No. 2.

Jackson alluded to the Garrett situation while explaining the Browns will ask Rosen about ESPN’s report and his attitude toward Cleveland when they interview him at the combine.

A chance to look prospects in the eyes and address all types of issues is one of the most valuable aspects of the combine for teams, and the Browns will do so with all of the top-rated quarterbacks: Rosen, Southern California’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

Draft analysts have universally labeled Rosen the best passer in this class, but heading into the combine, most of them have predicted Darnold will be picked at No. 1 overall.

Jackson did nothing to dispel the widespread belief that the Browns will likely select one of those quarterbacks at No. 1 — the team also has the No. 4 pick — after choosing a non-QB last year atop the draft board. In fact, Jackson said there are “quite a few quarterbacks that we feel are going to be really good players” in the NFL.

“We truly believe that Myles Garrett is a special player and he’s going to be a great player for the organization for the Cleveland Browns, so if there’s another player like that and we think he’s better than the quarterback position, then we’ll have to consider that,” Jackson said. “But I think there are some fine quarterbacks in this year’s draft. There are four or five guys that everybody’s talking about, and we’re going to sort through that and see what’s best.

“It’s too early in the process to really talk about where they are, where they rank or anything like that. But I think obviously this is really the start of it, and you’ll work through the combine, work through the pro days, the private workouts and all those things, and we’ll get to know them more as we go through this process.”

Jackson’s mission statement last year was to find a quarterback who has good processing speed, arm talent and face-of-the-franchise qualities. After second-round pick DeShone Kizer went 0-15 as a rookie starter last season, Jackson has expanded the list this year.

“The guy’s got to be able to win,” Jackson said. “You got to be all those things you just mentioned [processing speed, arm talent and the ability to lead a franchise]. But you also got to be able to take care of the football. I think that’s a huge piece of this — guy who can get you to winning, take care of the football and do all the things you just mentioned.”

Jackson said he expects the Browns, including new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and new quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, to collaborate while determining which QB to pick.

“But at the end of the day, I’m sure me and John [Dorsey] will sit down and put our heads together on what’s best for our organization,” Jackson said.

Jackson discussed some of the topics the Browns plan to delve into when they evaluate Rosen, Darnold, Allen and Mayfield at the combine in an effort to help themselves arrive at what will be a crucial decision.

More Rosen

• Aside from his view of the Browns, there are other questions about Rosen’s personality and passion for football. “I think we want to talk to him about everything, all the things, and the things that we have questions about,” Jackson said. “So we’ll find out all as we go through this process.”

• Teams have a 15-minute limit for their formal interviews with prospects at the combine, but Jackson said, “I think the guys who are passionate about playing football and wanting to be one of the best in this league, it shows.” Plus, the Browns are expected to host all of the big-name QBs on pre-draft visits and hold private workouts with them.

• Rosen had surgery on his throwing shoulder in 2016 and suffered two concussions last year. Speaking in general, Jackson noted how important it is at the combine “to dig into all of the medical things that you need.”

Darnold

• Of the four top-rated QBs, Darnold is the only one who won’t participate in throwing drills Saturday at the combine, ESPN reported. He’ll throw March 21 at USC’s pro day, according to the report. “Do I wish he was throwing here this weekend? Yes, I do, to watch him compete with the other guys,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, that’s not going to hinder us making a decision about what kind of player he is for our football team.”

• The biggest knock against Darnold is all the turnovers (22 interceptions and 21 fumbles, including 14 lost) he committed in 27 starts at USC. “There’s all kind of different variables that a guy’s had to deal with, players leaving, systems, all kind of things,” Jackson said. “So we just have to sort through it all to understand it, and we will. We’ll dig into that and understand why those things happened, and we’ll give the player an opportunity to explain to us why they happened.”

• Because of his history of fumbling going back to high school, Darnold’s hand size will receive attention when quarterbacks are measured Thursday. “It’s something we have to find out about,” Jackson said. Most NFL teams usually want quarterbacks to have 9½-inch hands. Said Jackson with a laugh, “I want a 10.”

Allen

• He has prototypical size and arm strength, but his accuracy issues will give teams pause. “I think we’re going to find out about why [his career completion percentage at Wyoming] was 56.2,” Jackson said.

• At the Senior Bowl in January, Allen said his accuracy woes are tied to his footwork. The problem sounds eerily similar to what plagued Kizer at Notre Dame and last year with the Browns. “I don’t want to compare players,” Jackson said, “but we’ll find out more about Josh while being here. But he’s a big guy with a big arm, talented, and we’ll find out more about him, about why certain things have happened the way they have.”

Mayfield

• Like Allen, Mayfield participated in the Senior Bowl, but Jackson said he didn’t spend time with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. “This is going to be my first exposure to him personally here at the combine,” Jackson said. Mayfield’s character and attitude are under scrutiny because he was arrested a year ago and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing, he planted an Oklahoma flag on the field at Ohio State and he grabbed his crotch while shouting obscenities toward opponents at Kansas. “We need to get comfortable with and understand [the players] on the field and off the field,” Jackson said.

• Jackson’s threshold for quarterback height is 6-foot-2, and Mayfield measured 6-foot-⅜ at the Senior Bowl. Jackson reiterated there are always outliers who are able overcome a lack of ideal size. “There’s always going to be that one young player that’s going to be special, and this young man may be that,” Jackson said. “But we don’t know that yet, so we’ll find out as we go.”

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