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A day later & scouts still buzzing about Mallett

Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:40 am
 
With all of the attention swirling around Cam Newton's Pro Day at Auburn yesterday, not enough national attention is going towards the more impressive throwing session put forth by Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, at least in the estimation of some NFL scouts.

NFLDraftScout.com anticipated the strong workout and had a man on the scene, detailing the session from the inside .

For my own information, however, I contacted various league sources also at the workout.

One high-level source working for a team expected to draft a quarterback this year, described Mallett as "demonstrating extremely high level velocity and accuracy" throughout the workout.

Another source - a regional scout familiar with Newton and Mallett - characterized it in another way.

"From what I saw of [Newton's] performance online, the cameras were at the wrong workout. [Mallett] proved he's the most talented passer yesterday, just like he did in Indy. I know you saw him at the Combine , but he was even better here."

Neither source provided the number of passes attempted or completed from Mallett's Pro Day, leaving us with only Mallett's disappointing time in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump as the only quantifiable numbers from the workout. With no way to compare apples to apples on their velocity and accuacy, many are comparing Mallett's athletic drills to Newton's and other quarterbacks.

Clearly, Mallett is slower and less athletic overall than scouts would prefer. The 5.37 second time he ran in the 40-yard dash is sloooow even for quarterback standards and the 26" vertical jump didn't show much explosive athleticism, but in comparison, a certain former Michigan quarterback -- some guy named Brady -- was clocked at 5.23 at the 2000 Combine and only jumped 24.5" inches -- and that was at only 211 pounds. Mallett measured in at 247 pounds.

I'm not about to project Mallett as the second coming of Tom Brady -- they are vastly different quarterbacks -- but it is important to note that the numbers some will use to describe the Razorback passer's Pro Day performance aren't the story.

Mallett is the draft's most talented passer. If a team can come to grips with his off-field question marks, he certainly has the talent to warrant a first round selection .

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Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:22 pm
 

A day later & scouts still buzzing about Mallett

Mallet was a HS All-American in Texas.  He played his college ball at Jerry Jones's Alma Mater.  He's bigger, stronger and about a decade younger than Tony Romo whos won ...zero? ... playoff games in his career.  Plus mentor-qb Jon Kitna showed last year he can still play.  If the CBA gets approved befor the draft, look for Tony Romo to be on the move, and if Kevin Kolb willl bring a #1, imagine what Jones can get for Romo.  (Former Cowboys assistant) Tony Sparano are you listening?





Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:25 am
 

A day later & scouts still buzzing about Mallett

Hands down the best QB.Reminds me more of Rogers.Don't be surprised to see Cowboys draft him and ship Romo to Vikings.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:17 am
 

A day later & scouts still buzzing about Mallett

Anyone also notice another Patriot-Razorback comparison?  You watch DJ Williams and then watch Aaron Hernandez.


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