NEW YORK -- Ryan Mallett is arguably the biggest loser AND biggest winner on the second day of the NFL Draft, as he fell to the third round, but was selected by the New England Patriots, which, yes, may be the talk of the second day here in New York.
The best part about the selection, though, is that the Patriots used a selection they obtained from the Minnesota Vikings in the infamous Randy Moss trade to pick up Mallett. Minnesota, as you may know, could use a starting quarterback right about now.
But Mallett won't be a starter for New England, who has a fella named Tom Brady occupying that spot. What he will be is a source of intrigue around the league for any number of reasons.
His personal life is littered with red flags, whether they're all accurate or not. Bill Belichick believes he handle guys with those flags, and there's ample proof -- Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Spikes -- to back it up.
Mallett's talent, though, is the unquestioned reason why people will watch this: he's got a cannon arm and a pile of upside. He's not the fastest guy in the world, but the ironic thing about that is his 40-time at the combine brought Tom Brady comparisons because it was so slow.
Is he going to be the next Brady? Um, no, probably not. But he can be a hell of an NFL quarterback if he can get his act cleaned up and Belichick can brainwash him into following the "Patriot Way."
That might seem like a stretch, but no one thought that Brady and Matt Cassel would turn out to be Pro Bowlers when they were drafted either.
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