ARLINGTON, Texas – The visit wasn't just OK or pretty good.
Josh Rosen sounded absolutely ecstatic about his pre-draft trip to One Bills Drive.
"I had a great visit with them, it was a lot of fun," the former UCLA quarterback told reporters Wednesday after a youth event outside of AT&T Stadium, site of this week's NFL Draft. "If they want to pick me, they'll pick me and I'd love to be in Buffalo."
What made the visit so memorable was the time he spent with coach Sean McDermott and his assistant coaches.
"I thought the coaching staff had a really unique sense of drive and fire and kind of passion," Rosen said. "Coach McDermott's a really intense guy and I thought ... you could see that he had a vision for where the team wanted to go. I thought that was really cool to see. They seem really excited around the building."
He stressed that coming from Southern California to the more challenging weather at New Era Field doesn't concern him in the least.
"I think snow games are what football's all about," Rosen said. "I think those kind of like iconic, the slow motion of the offensive and defensive line putting their hand down in the dirt when it's raining or snowing, whatever it is. I think those are iconic moments in the sport and that's what football is. It's a tough game, it's a physical game, and the elements are the last thing you're worried about when you're behind center or in the pocket."
For Rosen, it doesn't matter where he is selected. He insisted he isn't fixated on becoming the top overall pick of the draft or anywhere near the top, for that matter. The Bills have the 12th and 22nd choices.
"My game is not to be picked as high as possible," Rosen said. "My game is to go to the right team because success is long term. I'd rather have Tom Brady's career than get picked first overall and have a four-year career. If you don't think I'm a right fit for your team, don't draft me. If you don't really think I'm going to do well there, I don't want to go somewhere I'm not going to do well. If you think I'm going to do well in our organization, pick me because I want to do well.
"It's a very common-sense thing. I want to go somewhere that I think (I) will do well and if that team thinks I'll do well there, then pick me, please."