Ryan Mallett runs 5.37 forty time at Pro Day

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Quarterback Ryan Mallett ran a 5.37 forty-yard dash time at the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Pro Day on Tuesday.

Mallett was the only quarterback to not run at last week’s Scouting Combine, and we now know why.

He’s lineman-slow.

While forty times and similar measurables have no known correlation to NFL success, Mallett’s Pro Day performance confirms the belief that he’s a below-average athlete. Mallett’s other measurables from Tuesday: 26-inch vertical and 8-foot, 7 1/4-inch broad jump at 6-foot-7 and 247 pounds.

He’s lost six pounds since the Combine.

Among the quarterbacks timed in Indianapolis, Mallett’s forty would’ve ranked 18th of 18. His broad jump would’ve ranked 16th of the 17 signal callers to participate in that measurement, and his vertical would rank 16th of 17 as well.

71 responses to “Ryan Mallett runs 5.37 forty time at Pro Day

  1. No big deal. He was probably just hung over/ strung out. Test him again in the afternoon after he’s had a few G2s.

  2. I am confident that anybody drafting Mallett would not expect him to outrun a slug, jump over a speed bump or past a small child. They would draft him for the cannon he was blessed with.

    This guy has a Jeff George arm. The question is whether he has a Jeff George head. I have seen or heard nothing that would lead me to believe otherwise. Who knows, if he plays his cards right, he could be Ryan Leaf’s cellmate in a few years..

  3. Think he will peak in the coaches qb book notes like Brady did? Maybe that will lite a fire under his tale end and get him going. If he ends up an all pro I will just be shocked!!!!!!

  4. I’m sure tom brady’s werent much better. You don’t need good number in these measurables to be a solid QB in NFL

  5. LMAO. He’s slower than many linemen. He can’t be successful in the NFL because he won’t be able to avoid the rush, re-set his feet, and deliver the ball. He will need a clean pocket at all times.

  6. That would’ve tied him for dead last in DL 40 times and 29th in OL 40 times – quite impressive!

    That being said – who cares how fast he can run, as long as he can avoid a pass rush and get his passes to his receivers.

  7. This guy has the arm and head of Jeff Gorge and the mobility of Scott Mitchell.

    what could possibly go wrong?

  8. I don’t think 40 time will make or break a QB, look at Philip Rivers. He runs slower than a snail but is a good QB. I think if Mallett has a good line for some time in the pocket and some good WR, that time wouldn’t really matter. But who knows…

  9. So maybe the Vikings should draft him. 5.37 seconds isn’t bad for a Vikings QB. It took Brett Favre 537 GAMES to run 40 yards.

  10. Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning aren’t fast either.

    I’d say they turned out okay. Couldn’t care less what a QB runs in the 40. It’s about accuracy and ability to read a defense at an NFL level.

  11. Now if only those drills actually mattered…

    I wonder what Tom Brady or Peyton Manning’s 40 time is?

    Probably like 31 and 32 out of NFL starters.

  12. If you need a QB this year I feel sorry for you. Andy Dalton will probably turn out to be the best of the bunch.

  13. Meanwhile, Dan Marino, knowing his record for all time slowest forty-yard dash is safe, breathes a sigh of relief.

  14. I’d be careful with putting anythign on a 40 time. I would venture to bet my house that of the top 10 QB’s in NFL history – only ONE could ever run a 40 in under 5 seconds, and that’s Steve Young – not Elway, Favre, Marino, Starr, Fouts, Manning, Unitas, Brady or
    Montana.

  15. I’m of the idea that those sorts of tests aren’t going to define him as a good/bad QB.

    That being said, can do a 5.37 with a case of beer under my arm and a cigarette hanging out of my mouth.

    He’s Drew Bledsoe slow.

  16. Ryan Mallett runs 5.37 forty time at Pro Day
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    He also blew a 5.37 after being pulled over, on his way home from his Pro Day.

  17. So who was the athletic specimen who placed 17th out of 17th for the Broad Jump and Vertical jump? Someone is making Mallet look like he has mad jumps.

    Also, is the fact Ryan Mallet is below average athletically much of a surprise? He has Olive Oil sized arms, and smoking pot does not inspire someone to work out consistently.

  18. Yeah, his athletic measurables are similar to Brady’s but he didn’t show the same knack for shuffling away from pressure and standing composed in the pocket like Brady showed at Michigan. If Mallett didn’t move in the pocket like a life-like tackling dummy, he would be an amazing prospect but he doesn’t.

  19. It might have been downhill but Manning ran an respectable 4.8 in the 40. He still has an outsized head and laughably short arms.

  20. The key in today’s NFL, with some RARE exceptions, is mobility. It doesn’t mean you have to be particularly fast, just able to avoid the rush. Or, have a Dan Marino quick release … that speed demon.

  21. meso0rnery says:
    Mar 8, 2011 2:12 PM
    Ryan Mallett runs 5.37 forty time at Pro Day
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    He also blew a 5.37 after being pulled over, on his way home from his Pro Day.

    QUOTE OF THE DAY!

  22. Funny all this talk about his pocket measurables, he was only sacked two more times that Newton and Ponder

  23. Sports media people really are dumb.

    Tom Brady runs a 5.23
    Peyton Manning runs a 5.21
    Ryan Mallet runs a 5.37.

    Care to explain how this is a huge deal again?

  24. Al “Coach” Davis wants to know if Mallett can throw a football 60 yards from his knees like his other “great playaaa” JaMarcus??

    Mallett is the white JaMarcus brother from another mother…….

  25. lucky5927 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 2:14 PM
    So who was the athletic specimen who placed 17th out of 17th for the Broad Jump and Vertical jump? Someone is making Mallet look like he has mad jumps.

    Also, is the fact Ryan Mallet is below average athletically much of a surprise? He has Olive Oil sized arms, and smoking pot does not inspire someone to work out consistently.

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    It’s people like you, who are no different than the liars that are the media. People constantly comment about his supposed drug use. How about this, you show me one…just ONE single viable source that proves Mallett did any kind of illegal substances other than his one drunk in public charge he had in college….show me that, and I will no longer consider you to be just another ignorant poster spewing the non-sense he was fed

  26. That is slow, but it doesn’t show his throws, accuracy, timing and other important traits of being a successful QB. Brady ran a 5+, Rivers looks extremely slow, I’ve never seen Manning and Brees run, but I’m sure they are not speedster. Doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal to me.

  27. Well, he definiely won’t be the receiver in a wildcat formation. I would be a little more worried about his accuracy and ability to read defenses over his 40 time. Mallet definitely has the arm strength and completed over 60 % of his passes last year. He may be another Derek Anderson waiting to happen but if your team can land this guy in the early second round (Hello Dolphins) you have to like the potential.

  28. The dude is 2 inches taller than Big Ben and weighs 10 pounds more than him. I’m OK with him being a little slow.

  29. Yes – but that’s in a straight line – have you seen him try to scramble?

    You can get away with that stuff in college, not in the NFL. Slow and not too quick in making decisions?

    Mallet is sack-bait if I’ve ever seen it.

  30. EJ says:
    Mar 8, 2011 1:33 PM
    He reminds me of Ryan Fitzpatrick, but without the brain.
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Damn, you’re dumb! Ryan Fitzpatrick is a smaller QB that has quick feet and a lollipop arm to go with his Ivy League education.

    Mallett is a giant and has feet of clay to go with his cannon of an arm to go with reports of drug abuse… How exactly are these two alike?

  31. I guarantee you once he signs an NFL contract, his 40 time to the mailbox to get his check will improve greatly!

  32. theallegedone says:
    So maybe the Vikings should draft him. 5.37 seconds isn’t bad for a Vikings QB. It took Brett Favre 537 GAMES to run 40 yards.

    The Vikings current QB runs 4.43 40

  33. Does anyone else think this dude looks really skinny?…….like cokehead skinny……..like takes his first big NFL hit and folds like a lawnchair skinny?

  34. commentcentral says:
    Mar 8, 2011 1:58 PM
    yeah . . . well he’d smoke Rich Eisen in the 40.

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    I was thinking that but Rich Eisen runs a 6.2 40.

  35. >>>Yeah, his athletic measurables are similar to Brady’s but he didn’t show the same knack for shuffling away from pressure and standing composed in the pocket like Brady showed at Michigan. If Mallett didn’t move in the pocket like a life-like tackling dummy, he would be an amazing prospect but he doesn’t.<<<

    Meanwhile, Mallett is a worst-case scenario 2nd round pick and Brady wasn't even looked at until the 6th round.

    I'll say it right now, whoever picks up Mallett is going to be very happy they did.

    And no, I'm not an Arkansas fan. Not even close.

  36. Why are you people comparing him with Brady? 5.37 – wow, that’s slow. Sure doesn’t sound like a early round pick. Maybe a sixth rounder like Brady. That’s comparable. Was this the reason Brady was a 6th round pick?

    Brady turned out to be pretty good, but top round for Mallett is not reasonable with that kind of time.

  37. I think all you Ryan Mallett haters should print out your post about him, so you can eat your words when he’s leading some lucky NFL team to the playoffs in a few years!!! All he needs is a half decent O-line, because he has the ability to make BIG plays in a small amount of time and space!!! He can read a defense better than a lot of big name QB’s in the league today, and that lessens his need for speed.
    With his knowledge of the game, and that gun…yeah, he will go early in the draft!

  38. “The Vikings current QB runs 4.43 40”
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    Which is why they drafted him as a wide receiver, which is the only position he’s qualified to play at the NFL level.

  39. It is the “Intestinal Fortitude” score that counts … and that’s on the field at game time and being able to get your team the “W.”

    See Tom Brady = 5.23 (NFL Combine), 4.99 (Pro Day), and 33 Wonderlic.

  40. And unlike many of this year’s other quarterback prospects, Mallett has experience making three-, five- and seven-step drops in a pro-style offense in college. That’s why NFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls Mallett the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft.

  41. What’s the big deal? Matt Jones was a quarterback in college at Arkansas, and he turned out OK….

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