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Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Posted on: February 27, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 6:32 pm
 
Posted by Rob Rang

As bad as Ryan Mallett's press conference may have been yesterday, his performance in Sunday's throwing session at the Combine should quiet some of his critics.

Mallett effortless passing made him the unquestioned star of the first session, outshining the likes of Jake Locker, Andy Dalton and several others. Cam Newton, Christian Ponder and Ricky Stanzi are some of the big names that make up the second group.

Mallett's rocket arm and good accuracy was especially evident on the tougher throws such as the deep out, fly and post-corner routes. Perhaps just as importantly -- considering the character questions that continue to dog him -- was his big smile and obvious camaraderie with the other quarterbacks and receivers throughout the workout. Of all the players throwing and catching, Mallett looked like he was having the most fun.



Washington's Jake Locker also enjoyed a strong performance. As I've said on numerous occasions in the past, Locker is as frustrating to scout as any quarterback I've ever known. He struggled early on with his accuracy some of the simpler throws -- including the throws over the middle to receivers during the gauntlet drill and the curl routes early in his throwing session.

As the session continued, however, Locker got hot, nailing the deep ball and the post-corner -- generally considered the most difficult throw quarterbacks are asked to make here. These two routes require a combination of arm strength, touch and, of course, accuracy.

Unfortunately, not every quarterback enjoyed a strong performance Sunday. TCU's Andy Dalton's average arm strength led to many of his passes fluttering, affecting his accuracy. Dalton's stock shouldn't slip much from his mediocre performance. He is a quarterback who relies on timing, and, of course, he had none with a group of receivers who he was largely meeting for the first time today.

Fresno State's Ryan Colbun and Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson struggled mightily. Each were consistently inaccurate on the variety of throws the coaches put them through.

This entry was cross-posted from Rob Rang's NFL Draft Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:16 am
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

That sure sounds a lot different than you're "I was led to believe....." comments earlier.  Those indicated that you, you know, believed something you hadn't seen.

Since being picky is your thing, being led to believe something is not forming an opinion.  Someone else told me what to expect in a certain interview, and thats what I thought I was going to see.  I formed my own opinion after I saw the interview.  Also the teams have said how impressed they were with him so its not just the media  leading us to believe this.  As far as not being impressed with the interview...so the guys not a great public speaker (though to me it was a typical interview like millions I have seen)..Guess thats why he took up football!




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:10 am
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Did not form an opinion before watching...was given false information from what I thought I was going to see
That sure sounds a lot different than you're "I was led to believe....." comments earlier.  Those indicated that you, you know, believed something you hadn't seen.

Doesnt matter what the media thinks though cause they are not the ones who will be paying him. 
Agreed.

The ones who will be paying him WERE impressed with their interview with him
They might have been.  But that's really just what the media is leading us to believe.

I'm sorry I can't find a single video of the entire interview.  Personally, I thought he looked embarrassing with his conspiracy theory answer and made a mistake cutting the interview short so significantly when the questions he wasn't comfortable with kept coming.  The point there is, did he carry himself like a Brady, Manning, Rogers, etc?  I thought he came off as immature and very uncomfortable with a lot of the questions.  Problem is, when he's in the NFL he's going to be asked uncomfortable questions all the time.  He answered football-related questions passably but certainly didn't make a positive impression, and seemed to have real problems dealing with questions he didn't like.  You see it differently, and that's fine.  You're a fan and that's expected.  I still don't think the media did anything other than characterize an interview while making it available to watch and make up your own mind, but I don't blame you for defending your guy.  Hopefully, Mallett will be a better NFL QB than he is an interview and you'll be able to say "I told you so" to the mass media for the next 12 years.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

No, there's part of the interview
My apologies I left out the first few seconds...When asked about drugs he said "Im not gonna talk about that rightnow..I have interviews with the teams, and the teams need to know what they need to know Im gonna leave it at that".  Yea he really made himself look like a bumbling idiot there Undecided.   Did not form an opinion before watching...was given false information from what I thought I was going to see.  Unimpressive?  They ask a question he answers it...what should anyone be impressed about answering questions?  Doesnt matter what the media thinks though cause they are not the ones who will be paying him.  The ones who will be paying him WERE impressed with their interview with him.   Again please show me the interview where his composure, and choice of words made him look like an idiot.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Theres the interview...Please point out where he made himself look this way. 
No, there's part of the interview, picked up after he was asked the questions about the drug rumors.  You can get the whole thing if you want - it's out there.

media had me to believe that he was horrible to them, and he was not. 
No, he wasn't.  I thought he was miles away from impressive, but I'd agree, certainly not "horrible to them".  What really stands out is that you actually believed an opinion before watching it for yourself?  Shame on you.  Personally, I never saw an article where it was reported that Mallet was "horrible to" the media - only that he was unimpressive in the mass media interview.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Mallet took care of that all by himself during the mass interview.  I don't see it as a big deal, but the media didn't "make" him look like a bumbling idiot.  His composure and choice of words did that.




Theres the interview...Please point out where he made himself look this way.  I was expecting to see him getting upset, or raising his voice, or being disrespectful to reporters the way I read the stories about his interview, then I see it, and he did none of the above.  The media had me to believe that he was horrible to them, and he was not.  He kept his composure, and politely dismissed any talks he felt was not neccessary to discuss.  



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Mallett was made to look like an unprepared, bumbling idiot by the mass media.
I get where you're coming from, but in this case, Mallet took care of that all by himself during the mass interview.  I don't see it as a big deal, but the media didn't "make" him look like a bumbling idiot.  His composure and choice of words did that.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

Mallett's rocket arm and good accuracy was especially evident on the tougher throws such as the deep out, fly and post-corner routes. Perhaps just as importantly was his big smile and obvious camaraderie with the other quarterbacks and receivers throughout the workout. Of all the players throwing and catching, Mallett looked like he was having the most fun.
Tell Razorback fans, and SEC fans something we dont know.  You guys are just now realizing he has these abilities?  You have judged him  on a press conference, but now your view of him is changing because of what he did on the field?  Didnt see that coming.  At the end of the day he has better passing stats than any other QB thats coming out, and even the one that went back to school...you know the stanford guy?  Anywayz  Mallett is gonna be a great pickup for whoever takes him in the first round. 

He always has fun out there, but always gets down to business when its game time.  Just go back, and look at his interactions with the OSU players when they met in center field for the coin toss.  He is a cool guy having fun doing what he loves to do, and I think his dedication to this game to be the best he can be will be a great assett to whomever so picks him up in the draft.  I wish him all the best at the next level. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Mallett, Locker impress in 1st throwing session

To paraphrase a poster on another board:  If Mallett walked on water to rescue a drowning child, the headlines would read "Mallett can't swim". 

The media should report the news and leave out the rumor and innuendo. 


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