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Morning links: Hawks warming up to Mallet?

Post by Eric Williams on April 1, 2011 at 9:56 am with 42 Comments »
April 1, 2011 9:56 am

I’m in Arizona taking some down time so the blog has been a little slow this week. However, one of the things I’ve noticed is Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet appears to be someone that is becoming a real possibility for the Seahawks with the No. 25 overall pick.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider attended Mallet’s pro day a few weeks ago. And now Rob Rang of is reporting that Mallet will travel to Seattle for a private workout.

At first blush, Mallet would not seem to be a good fit for Seattle, with the expectation that the Seahawks will move to more of a short passing game with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell now in the fold.

However, when you watch Mallet’s highlights from college, you see a lot of roll outs off play action and accurate, deep throws down the field, all things that Pete Carroll likes to do offensively.

I still have some concerns about his lack of athletic ability, evidenced by his 5.37 40-yard time at his pro day. And teams still have to evaluate his character issues. But this article does a nice job of debunking all of the rumors that are out there about Mallet, and also provides excellent video and analysis on how Mallet’s skill set will transition to the pro game. It’s definitely worth a read this morning.

Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network talks to Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN Seattle, saying that he believes Mallet is the best fit for the Seahawks in this audio link.

Some of you asked for more measurables from the rest of the players at UW’s pro day. You can find that here. Receiver D’Andre Goodwin also ran a 4.50 40-yard time according to Rang.

More Rang: He says Washington quarterback Jake Locker helped himself by going 38 of 40 during his pro day.

Lombardi still views Locker as more of a prospect and not a first-round pick.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, who like Rang and Lombardi attend Washington’s pro day, discusses the wide range of evaluations for Locker.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen offers an adaptation of his new memoir, “Idea Man”, which appears in Vanity Fair. It’s an interesting read on the start of Allen and Bill Gates’ relationship at Lakeside High and the humble beginnings of Microsoft.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider talks with ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore in this audio link.

USC linebacker Malcolm Smith is scheduled to visit Seattle.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times breaks down receiver Golden Tate’s numbers from his rookie season compared to other second round receiver prospects chosen in the past decade. The bottom line is Tate’s numbers are about average for receivers drafted in the second round, and expect them to go up.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    That’s an interesting piece by Hyde on Mallett. I’ll say that it’s nice to read something that tries to be positive about him and attempts to de-bunk a few of the myriad of disparaging rumors about him. That said, it doesn’t really succeed (at least in my eyes) in doing so. I’m left wondering more about him than I was before. Why are there such conflicting views about him? Does he still suffer these bouts of depression and self-imposed isolation? Hyde does nothing to separate Mallett from the McGwire comparison. Some of his teammates take up for him, which is nice but not that unexpected. Protect the badge, so-to-speak. Perhaps my mind is stubbornly made up about him. People can certainly mature and grow, there’s no question about that. Ultimately though, I’m left in the same position; I didn’t care for him in college and I’d prefer that ‘Hawks look elsewhere for their next “franchise” QB.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    BTW, Enjoy the sun and warm weather Eric. Sounds really nice right about now.

  3. ChrisHolmes says:

    I haven’t paid much attention to Mallett so far, but that video is interesting…. Partially because I heard he had character issues, so I just dismissed him. But it’s interesting watching the video of Mallett. You get to see a lot of things, some good, some bad.

    You can see a lot of snaps from under center using pro-style formations. That’s a plus in my book, especially with the prevalence of the spread game in college (which I think will hurt Newton the same way it hurt Vince Young).

    You get to see a LOT of play-action in that video, and you know that’s what Pete wants to do; he wants to run the ball effectively and get good play action and throw the ball vertically. And the video showed a lot of vertical passing; especially a lot of sideline stuff where the receivers have to adjust to being covered, and we know Pete’s a fan of that too (and Matthew does a great job with those passes against Cover 2).

    There was one other thing I really liked seeing in that video:

    Mallett reminds me of Tom Brady in one regard: people knock his 40 time (and knocked Brady’s, if anyone remembers), but you don’t have to run in the NFL! The NFL is a get-the-ball-to-your-receiver league. All you have to do, as far as mobility is concerned, is avoid pressure. The NFL is about reading the defense, avoiding pressure, and getting the ball out quick and accurately to your playmakers.

    There’s 4-5 really good clips in that video of clear defensive pressure coming in Mallett’s face, and he sidesteps it and keeps his vision down field. Now, I am not going to tout Mallett as the next Brady – that’s ridiculous – but watch the footage. We all know one of the biggest problems with Mirer was that he refused to look down field when pressured, and instead tucked and ran. I find that the ability to keep your vision down field on the receivers is something rare for college QB’s (and even some NFL QB’s). It’s a huge bonus to me. To see Mallett sidestepping defenders, keeping his eyes down field and making passes is a huge plus to me.

    That said, his release is SLOW. Brady has the advantage of getting rid of the ball quick. Mallett does not. His receivers, half the time, were WIDE OPEN, so he didn’t have to worry about his long, slow release.

    On the other hand, he seems pretty fearless about throwing to well covered receiver, as a lot of those sideline passes and dropped passes in tight covered showed. His receivers let him down there on some of those. But seeing him fearlessly throw to guys in single coverage – who were well covered – down the sidelines, is a good indicator, to me, of his ability to throw in the NFL. Many college QB’s are so used to throwing to only wide open receivers. In college, 3-yards of separation is “open”. In the NFL, 3 inches is “open”. Some college QB’s can’t make the transition and will hold the ball for fear of interceptions (example: “Captain Checkdown Leinhart”)

    So… I’m undecided about Mallett. What I hear about Dalton excites me more, but I haven’t watched any highlights or footage of him yet. I know Don Banks and Peter King made comparison’s to Breese….

    Sorry for the long post!

  4. I think I’ve made my opinion clear on Mallet. I think he has all the potential in the world physically, but I’m not sure he has what it takes mentally, the fact that he wasn’t a team captain as a Senior Quarterback tells me something about his leadership, I may be reading too much into it, but combined with how he has handled the media, and the rumors about him, well that’s just too scary. Use your first round pick on a quarterback, and miss, well that sets your franchise back quite a few years. I’d rather go with Newton, Kaepernick or even our own Whitehurst than Mallet, I’ll root for the guy like he was my brother if we DO pick him, but it’s still a scary thought.

  5. paulmartin says:

    Nice article! I am sold on Mallett.

    I would take him over Locker ANY DAY!!!

    Hope we can re-sign Matt and give whoever we pick a year to learn and ease them in. This is especially true with a lockout shortened offseason.

    Mallet to the Hawks with the 25th pick!

  6. microbeer says:

    I think Chris Holmes hit on some really good points. I have to say that I am impressed with Mallet’s accuracy. I also noticed some crucial drops that you wouldn’t neccessarily expect at the next level. I have no problem with him at 25 if he’s available.

    I disagree with you you Duke that he is similar to McGuire and that the author doesn’t make a reasonable case for distinguishing them. The SEC is a completely different talent level than what McGuire experienced. It seems to me he has seen it all from a defensive perspective. Teams were trying like hell to get to him and as Chris Holmes pointed out, he kept his eyes downfield. It also seemed to me that his line was a little leaky.

    That all said, I like what he said to Kirwan. If the game is on the line he wants 5 man protection. That as well as his his pro-style upbringing speak well to me.

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t like the cheeba anymore. Seattle could provide a dangerous environment in that regard.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    That’s fair. But from a talent and tools standpoint the comparisons appear warranted and he doesn’t distinguish the two, in my view. Among other things, he notes the “slow, methodical feet” for McGwire that is also a concern for Mallett. And in fact goes on to say McGwire ran a faster 40. But in any case, only my opinion.

  8. ChrisHolmes says:

    I thought McGwire had all the deficiencies that I don’t see in Mallett though (I mean, it’s been a while since I even thought about McGwire – please don’t make my brain go there). I mean, he held the ball. He was dubbed “the statue” for a reason. The guy couldn’t avoid pressure, couldn’t evade a DL coming down on him and held on to the ball too long; he wasn’t decisive.

    In Mallett, I see someone who is decisive – and more importantly, decisive *under duress*. I think outside of accuracy, to me, that is the next most important thing in a QB has to possess at the next level (because it seems clear to me over my years of watching football that you simply cannot teach accuracy by the time a guy gets to the NLF – he can either throw it on the numbers or he can’t, and that’s why I thought Bradford was going to be a stud).

    Can a guy make a quick, accurate decision while defenders are flying around him and after him? There’s a couple of plays from that video I really like.

    One is at 1:37 – there’s a blitz on and the OL is caving right down on him. He gets 4 DL pressure plus two delayed LB’s blitzing. He doesn’t even hesitate. Best part – he doesn’t throw off his back foot like so many would in that situation!

    Another one: 1:49 into the video: his RG doesn’t any help and absolutely gets beat like a rag doll. Mallett doesn’t freak out; instead, with direct pressure in his face, he sidesteps the DL, steps UP into the pocket with the space he has and makes a nice laser throw that should have been caught for a TD. The reality is, that probably should have been a sack. Good or bad 40-time, I like the elusiveness he shows in the pocket to get that ball out, and to keep his eyes downfield knowing he’s got a DL about to eat his knees.

    Last one I love: 2:13 into the clip, play action, he has to turn his back some, when he faces back around to read the field he has a DL bearing down. Now, play action is tough because you have to trust your OL – you have to take your eyes off the defense for a split second. Mallett readjusts his vision and never stops looking downfield. He lets is peripheral vision see the DL coming down, side-steps the, and even though the DL gets an arm on him, Mallett shakes him and makes the throw.

    Maybe I’m jaded because I’ve seen too much hype from super athletes like Vince Young, JaMarcus Russel, Cam Newton, Locker, etc. I just don’t give a rip about a guy’s 40-time anymore, not when it comes to QB. All I want to see is, can he throw accurately, can he be decisive, will he keep his eyes down field, will he throw into tight covered and can he stand up to the pressure? I hate the pro days – no defenders bearing down on these guys, no pressure. Mallett looks good to me under pressure and certainly has the arm to make all the throws.

    The intangibles are the question mark, and he has to speed up his delivery and release, but so far I like what I see. Surprisingly.

  9. Not sure if this has been discussed before, but what is your take on the depth offensive guards, at least within the first few rounds? If Pouncey is gone at #25, would you guys be content with picking a guy like Benjamin Ijalana? He could play Right Tackle, but he’s probably best inside. What I like, is how he dominated the competition, granted it was lower level competition, but given how he is still rough, I was impressed. I think with the right coaching (See Cable, Tom) he could be an amazing player for us for a long time. He might take some time to get there, which is usually not what you are looking for with your first pick, but I certainly like what I see. Had Watkins been 22 years old, he would have been my 2nd guy, but taking a 26/27 year old rookie with your first pick, might be comparable to taking a rougher project who is younger.

  10. SeahawkFan12 says:


  11. SeahawkFan12 says:

    And the “highlight” reel shows a bunch of lousy defensive coverage and good effort by decent receivers. I’m not blown away by Mallet’s part of the equation. Sorry, not drinking this kool-aid.

  12. chrisj122 says:

    I believe Mallet has alot of potential but I’m not totally sold either. In this video he does make a few good throws and side steps a couple of tackles that should have been sacks, no doubt he has arm strength. However on alot of those plays the recievers didn’t have a defender within 10 yards or Mallet threw up jump balls for his recievers to go get. I didn’t see a whole lot of hitting someone in the numbers in tight coverage. Lets face recievers in the NFL will not be that wide open.

    With the 25 pick I would like to see us take an O.L. guy but if we do take a Q.B. at 25 and it’s Mallet I won’t be to upset, now if take Newton at 25 I will be totally pissed off.

  13. Hawksince77 says:


    The video in this post is out of context. You need to read the entire article (it’s long, and has a couple more videos, something like 12 and 14 minutes each) before reaching a (final) opinion. The thing was written from a Dolphins point of view, and I don’t recall ever seeing a scouting report more comprehensive.

    I’m just glad the doubt and the rumours continue to have their way, so that the guy is still on the board at 25. Now that I understand Stacy Andrews will compete for the starting RT, I am completely on board with drafting Mallet. After reading about, watching, and considering all the first tier guys plus Ponder, I think Mallet is the best of them all. If that’s the case, the Panthers would be wise to seriously consider taking him first overall.

    Hopefully they won’t, nor will anyone else for the first 24 picks.

    This is PC’s guy, sure.

  14. If you compare Mallet’s video clips to Charlie Whitehurst, CW seems to be able to make all the same throws. CW looks to be more mobile. Stick with CW and get an OL or DL.

  15. Soggybuc says:

    It was a good article and I do think some of the crap he’s taking is unfair.
    OK so the kid got busted drunk once. if partying while in college makes one a bad person then we got a lot of bad people running around in this country. while there are “drug” rumors around the fact is he has never failed a drug test. hmm wonder where these rumors come from? I know another QB’s agent would never resort to that to push his guys draft stock higher would they?

    So the kid is confident to the point cockiness. your right that would never fly in the NFL. he needs to be more humble like Elway, Michael Irving, T.O. and AP! I thought you wanted a guy at QB who thinks his penis is bigger than anyone else.

    I thought the writer made some great points on the McGwire comparison. Dan had to transfer to the WAC to get great numbers where he faced a handfull of NFL prospects an entire season.
    Mallet went SEC where he faced teams every week that had a handfull of NFL prospects.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    This is an interesting take (IMO) on “red flags” at QB vs. other positions, from a former NFL player.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    And for what it’s worth, here’s CBS Sports scouting report…

  18. “He will need to be protected by a stout offensive line to be effective.”


  19. maddog12 says:

    I’m getting to the point that I hope all 7 of the top qb prospects are taken when Seahawks draft(I know they won’t). Then I know there will be some great options where BPA will meet need.

    I have read so much negative stuff on every one of the qb prospects that none of them sound like I’d just have to have them on my team. I know we need a qb of the future, just not sure if ours is in this draft.

  20. Hawksince77 says:


    Until very recently, I agreed, and was hoping all these questionable QBs would get overdrafted so that the Seahawks could take a top RT at 25 (Carimi, Sherod were my targets).

    After digging as deep as a casual fan from across the country can, I have settled on one, and only one, QB worthy of considering at 25. Even if I could pick anyone in the draft (including Gabbert/Newton/Ponder/Locker) it would be Mallet.

    Until recently, I didn’t think Seattle could do anything about their QB situation – Palmer probably won’t be available; Kolb too costly; Hass gone (which is perfectly okay with me); Whitehurst not a long term option (and the poster above who thinks Whitehurst and Mallet equivilent – go look at the tape of the two: Whitehurst, after 5 years in the league, looks like a scared puppy taking the snap, whereas Mallet maintains his composure and keeps his eyes downfield.)

    The main question in my mind about Mallet related to his character; what was his relationship to the game of football? The long article above nails it; Mallet is a great student of the game, and has been since HS. He works very hard, and as a result, fully confident when he steps onto the field. He knows what to do, and he knows he can do it.

    If I am right, drafting him at 25 would be a steal. Depending on the nature of the off-season, he would likely begin the season as the starter, in the same way Okung and Thomas were starters moments after they were selected.

    It’s not just about arm-strength; it’s about character, commitment, talent, passion, football IQ, on-field success, experience, competitiveness, all of which Mallet has in spades. Barring injury, within five years Mallet is the guy going to the pro-bowl, the only QB doing so out of this class.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – The part that really jumped out to me was this;

    “If protected by an airtight offensive line, his big arm could help him enjoy similar success as other lanky quarterbacks such as former NFL standout Drew Bledsoe and current Baltimore Ravens’ starter Joe Flacco. The speed of today’s NFL pass rushers, however, could just as easily expose Mallett’s slow feet, and thereby Mallett would likely produce a level of play on the level of Arizona’s Derek Anderson.”

    “airtight” line.

  22. Yeah. That’s funny. There’s certainly not been an “airtight” or “stout” offensive line around Seattle for years. If that’s what he “needs” to be successful, well, we can say that most QBs would be successful with that too. I could almost guarantee that an offensive line of Okung, Joe Thomas, Hutch, Mangold, and Jari Evans would get Matt a ticket to the Pro Bowl next year as well.

    It seems that many more times than not, when we hear all these character concerns about people (Milton Bradley, Pac Man Jones, Dez Bryant, etc.)… there’s always people willing to defend them but then you always have future incidents where they proved they were indeed the moron they were supposed to be (hadn’t changed). Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. I don’t have a problem taking a chance on most guys with these issues, but I do have a problem taking this risk with a quarterback.

  23. “Jahri”

  24. If SEA takes Mallet @ #25, I’ll probably make the same noises that the Steeler fans did when they took Rothlesburger. Who knows, maybe it’ll work out about the same, and we can all end up being as proud of our QB as PIT fans must be of their’s?

  25. When I first watched the prospect QB highlight videos posted on here a while back with Rob Rang, I was blown away by the footage of Mallet and thought he looked WAY better than Gabbert–especially going as the consensus #1 overall. Even the much debated, and I believe way over hyped Newton, seems to be a one-look, then take off running QB. That’s not going to cut it in the NFL–especially with the speed of defensive players at that level.

    I have been fairly worried about the Dan McGuire comparisons when it comes to Mallet though, but frankly, when I watch the tape on him, I see him having decent poise under pressure and watching him sidestep DLs and LBs to complete passes is impressive.

    I was hoping for the ‘Hawks to trade down a few spots, maybe picking up a third round pick, then taking Ponder early in the second. Now, I’m not so sure we should pass up someone like Mallet. I never knew that Brady had such a slow 40 time, so now that I’ve seen his time, I’m not so worried if the guy has the accuracy, poise, and ball placement.

    I was also hoping for Pouncey at #25, but he will likely be gone. So, I would love to see Mallet at #25, then hope for a decent lineman in the second. Hopefully we’ll get FA going soon, so the possibility of picking up Nnamdi at CB and maybe pull in Gallery at LG, with the help of Tom Cable, would be a dream but also a realistic possibility.


  26. Great article by Hyde. Nice to see that depth of reporting after all the worthless 10-seconds sound-bites about Mallett spewed out all day by ESPN and NFL Net. Makes me realize I really need to cancel that cable contract.

    All I need to know about Mallett’s mythical “character issues” is this: “Bobby Petrino speaks glowingly about Ryan and has vehemently denied any rumors of bad work ethic and/or leadership.” Case closed.

    Mallett won’t be the first athlete who got drunk and stoned and had an attitude in college (isn’t that what college was for?) and then grew up once he graduated.

    He doesn’t have an NFL body (yet) but he does have an NFL arm and NFL pocket presence. And I think he is the ONLY QB in this year’s draft I could say that about.

  27. rgbuckl, those are great thoughts. But I think Nnamdi Asomugha will be way overpriced for a CB who is almost 30. Gallery will be overpriced too, but he can probably start for another 4 years.

    I would think Schneider won’t want to spend big money on a FA unless it is a younger guy. And, let’s just hope we even have free agency this year.

  28. How many coaches throw their former players under the bus? What realistically would Petrino say, even if he doesn’t think much of Mallett? What recruits would want to play for a coach like that? Even if Petrino thinks bad thoughts of Mallett, he’s not going to say it in public.

    Remember how Mike Price said all of those glowing things about Ryan Leaf prior to the draft? He was a great leader, hard worker, etc. Yeah, right.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll say this, I love how he answered someone asking him about his on-field decision making and accuracy, during the media session at the combine;

    “More than 7,000 yards and 60 touchdowns in two seasons, that’s how I answer that.”

    lol. Solid. But let’s not pretend that there aren’t questions about his attitude or “character” let alone classify them as “mythical”. This was also the same media session that he cut short and walked off the podium because he grew frustrated with the continued questions about rumored drug use, after he stated initially he would not address such questions. If he’s getting upset now and short what does the future hold? This is a legitimate concern for a team looking to draft him early, for good or ill. Of course the individual team interviews will ferret out those answers, but let’s not pretend there aren’t real concerns / questions about what’s between the kids ears.

  30. I’m not so sure I like Mallett as an NFL QB. All I was saying is that the endless little sound bites about his “character issues” do not qualify as information. None of us knows the guy. I thought Hyde’s article was the most informative piece I’ve seen on Mallett by far.

    Warren Sapp apparently smoked dope in college. If he was questioned at a podium I’m sure he would have refused to answer questions about it. He probably would have become frustrated and told all the pin-headed reporters to f-off. He still turned out to be a great football player.

    When I look at Mallett on tape, on the field, I see great poise under pressure.

  31. I’ll say this: if the pick is Mallett (or Ponder or Locker or any other QB), they had better get a guy like Wisniewski in the 2nd round. If Stephan Wisniewski is anything like his uncle, we’d be hitting the jackpot. And if the 1st round pick is Mallett, I really hope Matt is resigned so the kid can have a mentor.

    All I know is that if we draft Mallett, all we’re going to hear about on the blog is how he’s a great kid and was given a bum rap. But if he’s drafted by Arizona or San Francisco, all we’re going to read is how he’s a moron and we’re going to be excited to sack that statue into the next century. lol

  32. Prior to the character concerns, I was pretty high on Mallett (not literally… bad joke). He still scares me a little bit. For example, I didn’t realize he was that slow. However, I want to be clear that if he’s drafted by the Seahawks — I am going to become a huge Mallett fan but I will not look the other way from some of his downfalls.

  33. The dark shadows of Dan McGuire and Ryan Leaf loom large here in Washington, that’s for sure.

    As for Mallett, I’m satisfied that Pete Carroll will have the kid to himself for a few hours of workouts and conversations. After that, I would think Carroll will have a pretty good idea of whether or not he will want to bet the next few years of his career on Mallett.

  34. I don’t envy Pete with respect to his NFL coaching legacy on the importance of finding a good successor for Matt (whether it’s in ’11 or ’12 or ’13). This QB decision, IMO, is going to determine his success in the NFL. He’s been fired twice and I don’t see him winning in Seattle if he gets a bust that they waste a couple of years developing, especially if they pass on a guy like Pouncey or Carimi to take the bust.

    The safest, and I think smartest, thing to do would be resign Matt… and if they get a Mallett in the 1st round… they will be able to tell in practices if he’s eventually going to be the real deal or not. Kind of like the Charlie experiment. I think they got a guy they weren’t very impressed with during the course of the season on a daily basis. If they were sold on him, there wouldn’t be this QB talk with a 1st round pick.

  35. Dukeshire says:

    Well, I agree that if they end up selecting Mallett, it’s with Carroll’s full confidence after speaking to him and putting to rest any concerns he may have personally. And I trust Carroll / Schneider’s judgement. And like Bobby said, if he ends up a Seahawk, I’ll become a Mallett fan. I would never root for a Seahawk to fail. But should he end up freaking on a reporter or passed out at an intersection, I won’t be surprised either, sadly.

  36. Bobby – No doubt the QB decisions are critical at this point. On most teams, it would be the GMs job security riding on whether the team gets it QB situation figured out soon. But on the Seahawks, Carroll seems to have set himself up as the guy who will get the credit or the blame for this. His power is a blessing and a curse.

    Duke, speaking of “should he end up freaking on a reporter or passed out at an intersection, I won’t be surprised.” Ha! By the way, I wonder if old Leroy knucklehead Hill will be back this year? I kind of missed him on the field last year.

  37. Dukeshire says:

    Good question. I actually think he might be. Remember when it was a near certainty he was all but gone? I just have this sense he will return. If for no other reason than to push Curry. He played Sam his rookie season and played well and if he were to regain some of that, it would be a welcome addition.

  38. I find it tough to trust Hill. He’s got the off-field baggage, but he’s so unreliable with his health too. He’s the type of guy you know is going to get hurt and miss time. If you take him back, he’s a guy you can’t complain about with respect to the injury bug. Kind of like adding a Ben Hamilton last year. You know damn well that they are going to get hurt and yet people complain when they (or guys like them) get hurt and start cursing “why do we always have too many injuries.” With guys like that, you’re doing it to yourself.

  39. Dukeshire says:

    I agree with all of that. Understand, I’m not a proponent of bringing him back necessarily, just that I think it might happen. And when I said “welcome addition” I mean that in reference to how he played his rookie season.

  40. I know (and I agree).

  41. Since we don’t have something new to comment on, I watched the highlights above again.

    Did anyone notice that Joe Adams (#3) was like a one-man wrecking ball on Mallet’s stats? I counted four drops on this clip alone–at least one of which would have been a touchdown for sure. One was overthrown, but no one else dropped any. Please don’t draft that dude.

    I’m still impressed with the ball placement, especially once you watch the most recent clip of the Idaho QB, who doesn’t seem to ever throw it to the optimal spot.

  42. ChrisHolmes says:

    “He doesn’t have an NFL body (yet) but he does have an NFL arm and NFL pocket presence. And I think he is the ONLY QB in this year’s draft I could say that about.”

    @Stevos – I remember how skinny Tom Brady was at the combine. I mean… he was a stick. Everyone knew he needed to build some mass. 6th round pick and now three SB rings later…

    Mallett grows on me every day. Peter King wrote a lot about him this morning. I thought it was interesting to read that Mallett has been very open with teams about his problems/issues, but he won’t talk to the press about those same things. Personally, I think that’s a SMART decision. The press can only mess things up. The teams are the only people who need to know the truth. They’re the ones making the decisions and paying the money.

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