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How good is Ryan Mallett?

Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 4:19 pm

Now that Ryan Mallett is going to the pros I have two questions: Where does he go and what are the concerns?

So I contacted a couple of scouts I trust, both of whom agreed that Mallett is a first-round pick, though maybe not a high one. OK, I think we expected that. But both voiced concerns about a couple of hiccups on Mallett's resume, too  -- like his inability to close out big-time games and his body language.

The former was evident in this week's 31-26 loss to Ohio State when Arkansas threatened to catch the Buckeyes, only to have Mallett throw a game-ending interception. I know it happens. Only it happened before ... and in another big game. Try last September's 24-20 loss to Alabama when Mallett staked the Razorbacks to a 20-7 lead, then punctuated their last two drives with interceptions.

"He just doesn't seem to have the ability to put it over the top," said one NFC scout."I'm not saying he's a choker because he's big and can throw the ball. But he can't seem to finish big games."

That could be a problem. The quality that separates guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees from others is their ability to produce critical plays at critical times, and I didn't see that from Mallett. Neither did our scouts, who gushed about the guy's arm, size and accuracy but who also pointed out that Mariano Rivera he's not.

"It's got to be a worry," said an AFC scout. "It could be the difference from being the 10th player taken to the 20th to the 30th. It's certainly an issue, let's put it like that."

But so is Mallett's demeanor. I confess that I didn't see all that much of him this fall, but when I did I noticed his body language enough that I mentioned it to our consultants.

"You said it, not me," said one. "But it's a problem. Especially for the position. I know there's been a lot of talk about it in video rooms, and maybe you buy into it, maybe not. But I know some guys have an issue with it."

One who did was an NFC scout who conceded he hadn't seen Mallett outside of three or four games on TV this season. He raved about Mallett's talent, but then he complained about his demeanor and football IQ.

"I'm not sure if he's a real confident kid," he said. "You know whom he reminds me of? Tim Couch. A talented kid who doesn't have the makeup to be great at that position. He may be a good quarterback at the next level, but that body language bothers me. Players don't respect a quarterback who gets down with each interception."

Tim Couch was the first pick of the 1999 draft. Ryan Mallett will not be the first pick of the 2011 draft. But he will be a first-round draft choice. He has an abundance of talent, and quarterbacks with his size, accuracy and talent are prized. But buyer, beware: It can be the intangibles that make a quarterback special, with Brady the best example. One head coach who worked him out prior to the 2000 draft told me that's where he and his team missed on the guy.

Maybe someone hits on Mallett; maybe not. All I know is that there are a couple of alarms that need to be addressed  -- and will be in the coming months.


Category: NFL

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:01 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

My last comment related specifically to the comment made by Irish_Titan. It was not meant to indicated the no one here has watched Mallett play; I was strictly referring to the statements made by Irish. My apologies.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:52 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

Obviously you haven't spent much time watching Mallett. And where are all those reports about personality issues? I don't mean the ones being spread by guys like you who just repeat something they heard, where are the news flashes? Certainly we would have heard about at least one of them during one of his games which were on the air. Comparing him with Leaf is just stupid - but even worse, you're just uninformed. And Gabbert?  No one had heard about him until the last few weeks... Maybe you're right about Gabbert, but you're comments about Mallett - just silly.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:06 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

The post you are referring to about Manning was mine. I'm a fan of Manning despite him going to Tennessee.  I totally agree with you about Manning having more class and poise but that's not what Clark Judge was talking about in the article when he stated, 

"The quality that separates guys like , ,  and from others is their ability to produce critical plays at critical times." 

The point I was trying to make is Manning didn't win the big game in college but still turned into a great pro. I don't believe Mallett will match anything Manning has done in the NFL. I just don't think it's fair to label him a choker just because he didn't win a few so-called big games in college.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:48 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

But everyone knows intangibles and unmeasurables matter the most.  That's why Timmy Tebow was a first round draft choice.  Because he "Wants it more" and "works harder" and "leads".  What a load of crap! 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:45 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

Where will Mallett end up?  Let's see.  Bigger stronger and 10 years younger than Tony Romo.  HS all-American in the state of Texas.  Played his college ball at Jerry Jones's alma mater.....

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:35 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

The pick at the end of the OSU game wasn't so much Malletts fault as it was a great defensive call by the Buckeyes. I mean a DE covering that play was just unexpected.

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:04 am

How good is Ryan Mallett?

Mallett is a Petrino product.  Need I say more.  Great in college but not ready for the Pro's.  He can make all the throws, but to the wrong team way to often.  Another year is school to mature would have done himself a huge favor.  I read someones post that compared him to Manning in college and almost got offended.  Peyton may not have beaten Florida but has more class and poise in his index finger than Mallett could ever dream of having.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:38 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

Gabbert is 6'5 245, not exactly undersized.  He does need to improve his decision making under pressure tho.  He can make any throw on the field and is a pretty good athlete.  I personally think he'll be one of those quarterbacks that is a better pro than college player.  We'll see.  Either way, he needs to send Andrew Luck a Christmas card this year.  He just made Gabbert several million dollars by staying in school.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:34 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

First Mallet doesn't remind me of ryan leaf. he might have some personality problems but that can be fixed by the right team drfating him. he has to have the right coach to coach him. he needs a teamthat will run the spread offense or the west coast offense someone like the 49ers, the texans and the saints. Maybe have a talk with tony dungy or a phone call from peyton manning. those are easy things that will help him be a better person and a better team player on the field and off. Gabbert might be the number one QB in this draft but he is a under size QB like Drew brees which can be good and bad. look at brees this year alot of turnovers for him and if Gabbert turns out like him he'll be a questionable quaterback.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:16 pm

How good is Ryan Mallett?

Mallett reminds me of Ryan Leaf.  He has all the tools but has personality issues.  I'm not a fan of his attitude and its that that reminds me so much of Leaf.  He needed to stay in school but will get drafted in round 1 probably late.  Gabbert will be the stud of the class at qb.  Locker has too much to learn and adapt to NFL.  He will be a 2year project but a great pick if you have someone he can learn under...think Rivers behind Brees.  Who knows about Cam.  He could be another big bust or be VY like with a better attitude. 

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