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  • Will Ryan Mallett pull a Mark Sanchez?

    Last season, Sam Bradford was expected to go into the draft (or at the very least, more people thought he'd come out than didn't). He was considered a much more finished prospect than Mark Sanchez. Yet, it was Mark Sanchez who made the jump. Bradford's decision to stay in school probably was a factor in his decision to come out.

    With Jake Locker deciding to stay in school, that leaves Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford as the two "premier" QB's in the draft. However, as Scott pointed out, there's a LOT of teams with needs at QB.

    Now that Locker is out of the picture, do you think Mallett will take advantage of the QB "supply/demand" issue, if you will? Would he be wise or dumb to do so?

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    Originally posted by RochesterRox19 View Post
    Last season, Sam Bradford was expected to go into the draft (or at the very least, more people thought he'd come out than didn't). He was considered a much more finished prospect than Mark Sanchez. Yet, it was Mark Sanchez who made the jump. Bradford's decision to stay in school probably was a factor in his decision to come out.

    With Jake Locker deciding to stay in school, that leaves Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford as the two "premier" QB's in the draft. However, as Scott pointed out, there's a LOT of teams with needs at QB.

    Now that Locker is out of the picture, do you think Mallett will take advantage of the QB "supply/demand" issue, if you will? Would he be wise or dumb to do so?
    First off let's get off this thing that a guy is dumb if he does A or B. Having said that i would question whether Bradford coming out of a spread offense as a redshirt soph was more ready than Sanchez even though Sam had more starts.

    To me Mallett needs another year to be a complete QB, similar situation i think to Locker in terms of throwing% and his supporting cast. I think because of limited mobility he may not be chosen as high as some think if he does come out this year but another year may help his game as a whole.

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    • #3
      Mallet is a cut and dry case of a guy than needs another year. His numbers look better than they actually are playing in Petrino's offense. He has some real, major flaws in his game that need to be corrected before he's ready for the NFL. He would probably be a first round pick at this point with Locker staying, but to me, I think he needs more time.

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      • #4
        I still think Sam Bradford will suck. We always talk about system Qbs, yet it seems like Sam almost gets a pass just because of his arm.

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        • #5
          If Mallett wants to get paid then it's a great time to go


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          • #6
            Say a team like Minnesota or Seattle took a flyer on Mallett in round 1? Let him sit for awhile, say a season or more, learn from Favre or Hasselback during that time. Would this be the ideal situation if Mallett goes into this draft?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by devinhester=R.O.Y 2006 View Post
              Say a team like Minnesota or Seattle took a flyer on Mallett in round 1? Let him sit for awhile, say a season or more, learn from Favre or Hasselback during that time. Would this be the ideal situation if Mallett goes into this draft?
              Ah, drafting a QB who isn't quite a finished product yet and having him sit a year learning from a vet. This is a dying art. But to answer your question, I think this is the ideal situation.

              Seriously though, to people who say Mallett needs "another year", why can't that year be spent training in a pro camp?

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              • #8
                I think Mallett should stay for another year an develop his skills. Unless he really thinks he can go top 15 or if he is really worried of a rookie wage scale then I don't see the downside in staying. Why not stay another year, possibly challenge Locker for the top overall QB and then if needed sit another year in the pros. The percentage of bust QBs who were juniors is far higher than seniors


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RochesterRox19 View Post
                  Ah, drafting a QB who isn't quite a finished product yet and having him sit a year learning from a vet. This is a dying art. But to answer your question, I think this is the ideal situation.

                  Seriously though, to people who say Mallett needs "another year", why can't that year be spent training in a pro camp?
                  I dont think a team like Seattle can invest a 1st round draft choice and have a guy sit for a year or two, they probably would have done it with Locker but i dont think Mallett has Jake's potential (my take).

                  As for having a year as a backup in the pros being equal to playing every saturday against SEC competition i think you learn a heck of a lot more doing the latter.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Babylon View Post
                    I dont think a team like Seattle can invest a 1st round draft choice and have a guy sit for a year or two, they probably would have done it with Locker but i dont think Mallett has Jake's potential (my take).

                    As for having a year as a backup in the pros being equal to playing every saturday against SEC competition i think you learn a heck of a lot more doing the latter.
                    Why would Seattle be able to do this with Locker but not Mallett?

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                    • #11
                      He should come out, he's a beast. I knew it since I watched him his freshman year at Michigan.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by devinhester=R.O.Y 2006 View Post
                        Why would Seattle be able to do this with Locker but not Mallett?
                        If you're going to take an underclass QB to sit for a year or two to me it makes more sense to go with the local hero who in my opinion has a much bigger upside than a Ryan Mallett.

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                        • #13
                          He definitely would benefit from another year, but this year he looked nothing like the train wreck he was at Michigan. His receivers really sucked when it came to drops this year, I thought they had a nice young group but DJ Williams was the only sure handed bet for Mallett. He has a ton of talent and should stay another year, pretty much every Arky offensive player is returning. If they work hard and get used to his lasers, Mallett and that offense could do big things.

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                          • #14
                            He doesn't have as many "serious" flaws as some here are letting on and it makes you wonder if people here are watching games or looking at numbers, reading what others here say, and forming an "opinion" based off that. My bet would be the latter.

                            Personally I think Ryan Mallett could have given Jake Locker a real run this season to be the first QB selected. A high first round talent that some are really sleeping on here. A Top 15 selection this year, perhaps #1 in 2011 (Sorry Locker fans). haha You had to know there couldn't a Ryan Mallett discussion without me throwing my hat into the ring.

                            A piece I wrote on him in my last board...

                            - Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett is not a finished product, and no one is under the impression that he is. He needs to improve his accuracy and consistency, as well as footwork in and outside the pocket. To fully complete his development, Mallett needs to become more of a quarterback than a ball-thrower. He needs to be able to command his team in the huddle and he needs to emerge as a true team leader.

                            With that all said, he has unbelievable natural tools. He has one of the strongest arms I've ever seen in football. The zip this guy puts on deep outs and passes over 40 yards is unreal. He has tremendous size, standing well over 6'6 and weighing in at over 235 pounds. He shows poise, accuracy on his intermediate-deep routes, and the ability to put the ball 70+ yards downfield or squeeze a ball into the tightest spots. He also protects the ball remarkably well for his aggressive style (4 interceptions). Athletically, he's more similar to JaMarcus Russell coming out of LSU than Andrew Walter out of ASU. He definitely shows the ability to move and to pick up yards with his legs, but like Russell, he lacks development of footwork in and outside the pocket.

                            There's just simply too much natural talent and ability there to overlook Mallett as a serious NFL prospect. In the beginning of the season Mallett was unproven and extremely raw, but he's settled in at Arkansas, looks a lot more comfortable, and has improved his game a startling amount. He's not anywhere near complete, in fact, of any Top Three Round QB prospect this year, he probably has the furthest to go as well as overall development. Still, God has given him the most natural talent of the bunch, and of just about all of recent QB prospects. If Ryan Mallett makes the move to come out this year, he's likely to find a way into the Top 15-20. If he stays, he's the frontrunner for the #1 pick in 2011.
                            After MSU...

                            Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett completed 18 of 34 passes for 310 yards 5 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions in a 42-21 win over Mississippi State. Some may gripe about his 53% completion percentage on the day, and two interceptions, but I’m willing to bet people didn’t watch every pass Mallett threw on Saturday. I’m happy to say I did. While his shortcomings were evident at times, he showed a remarkable amount of improvement and displayed a little of everything against the Bulldogs. Mallett went up top, put balls over his receivers shoulder, and scored. Mallett surveyed the field, checked down, and scored. Mallett rolled out of the pocket, bought time with his feet, threw across his body, and scored. I’m more confident than ever that he can make all of the throws JaMarcus Russell could coming out of LSU, perhaps more. He has a beautiful play-action fake and throws a near immaculate deep ball. All day he did what the Razorbacks coaches and his teammates needed him to do.

                            For a guy who doesn’t get much credit for intangibles, he’s incredibly poised and doesn’t get rattled easily. He went 3/3 in the redzone, including two Td passes. Both times he forced passes into tight spots and ended up getting picked off, he led his team back. I haven’t seen Mallett rattled and he’s absolutely scary when he gets in a rhythm. He seems to be a fine teammate as well and you can tell his line & receivers rally around him and feed off his presence. He seems to be clearing up a lot of misconceptions about himself as a player and person every week. I wrote above in my initial thoughts that Mallett remained more of a ball-thrower than a quarterback, and I think I may be eating some crow already as he has some innate QB skills. He surveys the defense, makes good pre-snap reads, and goes through his progressions quickly, not taking the amount of sacks and hits you’d expect behind a very average offensive line. Mechanically, his release is quick, high, and he throws a very pretty ball. His accuracy is one of his stronger points as he can put the ball in the tightest spots, almost always gives his receivers a chance to catch the ball with his location, and shows the ability to time his receivers very well coming out of breaks and running full stride.

                            Mallett still showed some drawbacks as a prospect, not everything was perfect. His footwork in the pocket remains average, more inconsistent than anything, and out of the pocket he looks significantly more comfortable moving out to his right and throwing the ball than he does to his left. He’s still getting a lot of balls dropped and a big part of it is how hard he throws the ball on short to intermediate routes. He needs to find some touch on those passes, especially over the middle of the field, if he wants to be a complete player. That kind of thing will get him into some trouble at the next level.

                            Man, what a prospect though. I tried to go out on a limb in my original post, mentioning Mallett as a potential Top 15 pick this year. I really don’t consider that going out on a limb anymore. So how’s this, if Mallett declares in 2010, he will be a Top 10 pick and is going to have a better chance than some think at being the first Quarterback off the board.
                            I feel the performance against LSU didn't change my opinion on him at all, but rather reinforced a lot of the things I saw in him both flaws and strengths.

                            He's a very legitimate prospect with a chance to make a lot of money this year or next.

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                            • #15
                              Any idea who would be working with Mallett now that Paul Petrino is gone?

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