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Ryan Mallett’s arm continues to impress

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Today’s Arkansas Pro Day confirmed what everyone already knew about Ryan Mallett: He runs like an offensive lineman, and he throws like Nolan Ryan.

Bucky Brooks of NFL Network described Mallett as “absolutely sensational” during today’s workout, saying he easily makes every throw. According to Brooks, scouts and coaches in attendance were comparing Mallett to a couple of Hall of Fame pocket passers, Dan Fouts and Dan Marino.

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.

There are character questions about Mallett, and his plodding 40-yard dash time may have some teams wondering whether his lack of athleticism could hold him back in the NFL. But there’s no question that his arm is incredible.

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  1. greg5green says: Mar 8, 2011 6:44 PM

    Too bad he doesn’t have “cop speed” to get away after he commits a felony.

  2. mvpolamalu says: Mar 8, 2011 6:48 PM

    Hhmmmm what other quarterbacks can’t run… Matt leinart, Jimmy clausen, Byron leftwitch….

  3. birdobeamen says: Mar 8, 2011 6:50 PM

    Nothing here but a white Jamarcus Russell folks, move along.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 6:52 PM

    Great arm
    Questionable leadship skills
    Possible Character issues
    Limited speed
    Slow release

    I really enjoyed watching him play @ Arkansas last season, it was disapointing to see his WRs have so many drops in the bowl game.

    If he is around in the 2nd round he is probably a good value pick, but I don’t think a team should be willing to drop top 20 money on this guy.

  5. russin010 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    Please fall to 15. My Phins better make a move for a Qb. Or hire Charlie Sheen as a motivational speaker so we can start #winning.

  6. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    The Vikings of lately have taken on players with known character issues and have had some good success with the majority. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were taking a good look at him.

  7. tonymission says: Mar 8, 2011 6:58 PM

    I hear he’s just like Dan Marino.

    *sniff sniff snort snort*

  8. mnsportsguy79 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:59 PM

    Hello Ryan…this is Zygi, Leslie and Adrian!

  9. doggz109 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    This guy will end up being the best of the bunch this year.

  10. thegreenviking says: Mar 8, 2011 7:02 PM

    There are plenty of ways to win. Qb’s don’t need sub 5 sec 40’s.

  11. jebdamone says: Mar 8, 2011 7:06 PM

    maybe its just me, and obviously i haven’t been around the kid, but i haven’t seen anything wrong with his attitude in the brief interviews/press conferences i have seen. his mobility is the only thing that is a bit of a concern to me. from what i have seen he is a phenomenal passer but does not escape pressure well and does not make good decisions when under pressure.

  12. patayling says: Mar 8, 2011 7:06 PM

    Didn’t they say Clausen was the most pro-ready quarterback last year?

    Someone just trade for Kolb, so the Eagles can get an extra 1st, at least

  13. ipeefreelyagain says: Mar 8, 2011 7:09 PM

    I was going to say, a pocket passer is not a thing of the past. Troy Aikman probably had a worse 40 time than Mallett, but won nearly 4 Super Bowls in a row.

  14. texastoast says: Mar 8, 2011 7:10 PM

    “the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft”

    That’s what they said about Clausen.

  15. EJ says: Mar 8, 2011 7:12 PM

    Usually when you surround a player with character issues with a bunch of strong leader type players they tend to stay on track.

    Mallett has what it takes to become the next Dan Marino or Jim Kelly but needs a great coaching staff. He needs the type of coach that will call him out when need be. In other words, a loud mouth, hot tempered jerk, a Bill Cowher type. With this, Mallett will succeed.

  16. ninerdynasty says: Mar 8, 2011 7:12 PM

    Maybe he should switch to baseball… it would be the perfect sport for him.. good arm + lazy + slow + nonathletic = Baseball player.

    Then again, wasn’t Brady passed on by all 32 teams 5 – 6 times because they thought he wasn’t athletic and was very slow? :-D

  17. sportsmediacritic says: Mar 8, 2011 7:15 PM

    Dan McGuire II (sans the drug habit)

  18. rovibe says: Mar 8, 2011 7:20 PM

    With the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select… Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

  19. jhorton83 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:20 PM

    Mallett seems like the type that has a million dollar arm and a ten cent head.

  20. jimmysee says: Mar 8, 2011 7:22 PM

    Maybe Matt Hasselbeck could get an armadectomy — graft Mallett’s arm onto Matt and they’d split the contract!

  21. schemefactory says: Mar 8, 2011 7:25 PM

    why, in that picture, is the front point of the ball pointing behind him? strong arm or not, nfl ready or not, that’s bad mechanics? i’m no expert, just think drew brees, or aaron rodgers would never do that..

  22. mashoaf says: Mar 8, 2011 7:26 PM

    Ask Tom Brady and Peyton Manning about how being a slow QB has worked for them.

  23. dannymac17 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:27 PM

    Jay Cutler’s arm is also impressive, and it has won him nothing. Same with Marino and same with Fouts.

  24. coffinberry says: Mar 8, 2011 7:27 PM

    Adios Carson Palmer..

  25. oldbyrd says: Mar 8, 2011 7:35 PM

    Did you say Ryan Leaf???? Can’t move, can’t play

  26. visnovsky says: Mar 8, 2011 7:43 PM

    This is the player I want the Vikings to draft 12th overall.

  27. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 8, 2011 7:46 PM

    And browning nagle could throw a football through a brick wall, this guy seems a little slow….and I’m not referring to his feet….

  28. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    The best QB’s in the NFL make it a point to never run. Running gets you hurt. So his speed (or lack thereof) is no concern.

    How fast is Peyton Manning? Brees? Brady?

  29. dietrich43 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:49 PM

    Can he make a 5-step drop and throw the ball in 2 seconds? That’s what counts. Guy may not make it as an NFL qb, but Dan Marino wasn’t known for being very fast, even before blowing his achilles.

  30. drewski85 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:53 PM

    Next stop….. Minni!

  31. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 8:07 PM

    Poll:

    Ryan Mallett will be the caucasion version of Byron Leftwich.

    Yay or nay

  32. jebdamone says: Mar 8, 2011 8:14 PM

    i am not one to normally make absurd comparisons and by no means am i saying that ryan mallett is the next tom brady, but i also think that a QBs 40 time and vertical jump are about the last things that i would care about. what these things tell me is that you need to protect your QB and give them time to throw. i challenge anyone to deny that Brady is ineffective if he is getting continuously harassed and although he has gotten better moving around pressure in the pocket, he is still not very mobile. i like ryan mallet and think that if he plays behind a solid offensive line and works hard to improve he may be a very, very good QB in the NFL. also really like this colin kaepernick kid!

  33. backindasaddle says: Mar 8, 2011 8:28 PM

    “Character issues”

    What are they specifically?

  34. dansnyder says: Mar 8, 2011 8:46 PM

    schemefactory says:
    Mar 8, 2011 7:25 PM
    why, in that picture, is the front point of the ball pointing behind him? strong arm or not, nfl ready or not, that’s bad mechanics? i’m no expert, just think drew brees, or aaron rodgers would never do that..

    ____________________________________

    That’s because his throwing style consists of snapping his fingers. He holds the ball like that and by snapping his fingers he creates an antigravitational vortex which fires the out with tremendous velocity and accuracy.

  35. neverend1 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:57 PM

    Elite, rare arm strength.
    Great at going through progressions
    Great at reading blitzes
    Great at looking off safeties and linebackers
    Great at reading coverages
    Good accuracy
    Good film study habits

    Questionable intangibles and leadership
    Below average athlete

    Yeah, he’s going to be a bust! Besides the fact that he is more pro ready than Gabbert and Newton combined. If Mallet checks out good in the interviews to silence questions about his maturity and leadership he’s a top 10 pick.

  36. ticewasbetter says: Mar 8, 2011 9:00 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Mallett was drafted by Minnesota, and wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t due to their other needs, he does have a hell of an arm though and isn’t as im-mobile as people say. I’ve seen him move around pretty well in some highlight reels.

    Either way, if Minnesota does pass on Mallett and hope Locker/Ponder will slide to their pick in round 2 there’s no way Mallett slides past Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.

    He could turn into a very good NFL QB with Musgrave and some good acqusitions on the offensive line, he can play and would be a great pick at #12. And the Vikings need a quarterback right now with a chip on his shoulder to come in and light a fire under ‘em.

    Mallett, Rodgers, Cutler, Stafford could make the NFC North the best QB division in the NFL.

  37. suite34 says: Mar 8, 2011 9:01 PM

    Reminds me of Jeff George and he went #1. If a team can keep his head in check, they’ll get a lot of value in the mid- to late-first round.

  38. thefiesty1 says: Mar 8, 2011 9:02 PM

    Good thing he’s got an arm. From his 40 time he can’t get out of his own way. A 5 or 7 step drop may take half a quarter to execute.

  39. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 9:08 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Mar 8, 2011 7:47 PM
    The best QB’s in the NFL make it a point to never run. Running gets you hurt. So his speed (or lack thereof) is no concern.

    How fast is Peyton Manning? Brees? Brady?
    ______________________________

    Speed isn’t everything, but ALL those players have the SMARTS to make up for it.

  40. qb19 says: Mar 8, 2011 9:11 PM

    Bet the kid is a hell of of a croquet player too.

  41. brewdogg says: Mar 8, 2011 9:28 PM

    Why even discuss it? Drafting QBs is as much of a crapshoot as every other position. There are only 5 teams (with at least 20 years draft history) that haven’t wasted a 1st on a QB that was unsuccessful. Dallas, Miami, Minnesota, New England, and New Orleans are the only ones that haven’t. There are too many variables to predict…. QBs character and work ethic, coaching staff, stability of organization, supporting cast, veteran leadership, they all go into forming that most important quality for a QB to have. Confidence. So draft one and take your chances. Just don’t be the Rams and use 3 consecutive 1sts on QBs…..

  42. blmonroe12 says: Mar 8, 2011 9:40 PM

    This guy reminds me of Ryan Leaf bust potential, Rothlisberger character issues and an arm like Kurt Warner.. If he plays like the last 2, some team is going to be very happy. If he plays like Leaf, some GM is losing his job if he reaches for him too high..

  43. 2loko says: Mar 8, 2011 9:48 PM

    Well if a team needs a human JUGS machine . . .

  44. vicksprman says: Mar 8, 2011 9:49 PM

    I don’t care how impressive his arm looked come on people if you watched any college football you know he was a sitting duck against pressure, and made horrible end game throws, bust written all over this kid, the hell with off the field issues.

  45. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 8, 2011 11:01 PM

    Jeff George was one of the best workout QBs ever… hey I’m just saying.

  46. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 11:06 PM

    Elite, rare arm strength.
    Great at going through progressions
    Great at reading blitzes
    Great at looking off safeties and linebackers
    Great at reading coverages
    Good accuracy
    Good film study habits

    Questionable intangibles and leadership
    Below average athlete

    _________________________________

    Sounds like Kerry Collins.

    I hope Mallet does well he was a great college QB, but so were the likes of Lienart, Harrington and Smith. I am just not sold yet.

    For the POSSIBLE character issues I was refering to please feel free to use the search option by typing *ryan mallet* on the pft site. I am not going to link half a dozen articles.

  47. wilburmills says: Mar 8, 2011 11:17 PM

    Ridiculous to talk about him as only a “great work-out QB”,,he threw for over 7,000 yards and 60 TDs in two years in the SEC….most accurate college passer I have seen…

  48. zn0rseman says: Mar 8, 2011 11:57 PM

    All of the guys who are dwelling on this guys 40 time can be eqsy ignored because they are probably the same idiots who think that Micheal Vick and Donovan McNabb are as good as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

    NFL QB’s need to make accurate throws and good decisions… that’s all.

  49. 6250claimer says: Mar 9, 2011 12:52 AM

    If I were a team in desperate need of a QB, I’d pass on all these chumps, sign Derek Anderson, ensuring an 0-and-16 season, and draft Andrew Luck next year. None of these guys can hold a candle to Luck. Of Mallett, Newton, Locker & Gabbert, 2-3 of them will be total busts. MARK IT!

  50. burntorangehorn says: Mar 9, 2011 1:12 AM

    He has the fight in him to fend off would-be tacklers, a lot like Drew Bledsoe did. Mobility isn’t the biggest deal, especially when a guy has as much potential as a pure passer as Mallett does.

    I think his floor is Jeff George, but that’s only if he really fizzles in the leadership department.

  51. goldrush36 says: Mar 9, 2011 1:19 AM

    Clausen was the most pro ready by system and mechanics. However it is an unfair comparison since Notre Dame constantly got their tails kicked with Jimmy. At least Mallet has shown the ability to win games. With the right coach he should be a pretty solid QB. I would take him over Kolb or any other options at the moment just not at the 7th pick. I doubt he will fall as far as Clausen did though so it looks like we’ll end up with Dalton, Ponder, or Kapernick in the 2nd or 3rd round

  52. vicpetro says: Mar 9, 2011 2:50 AM

    Look at the two QBs in the Super Bowl…they are two of the best in the business and making plays outside the pocket when everything else breaks down. So many games are decided by the smallest of margins, being able to keep a play alive and deliver an accurate throw on the move is of paramount importance.

    vicksprman has it exactly right..Mallet cannot escape the defense, is a horrible decision maker in pressure situations and has questionable makeup.

    Do not want.

  53. hedleykow says: Mar 9, 2011 3:30 AM

    This guy could have saved Singletary’s HC career. Damn the timing.

  54. dukeofthedawgpound says: Mar 9, 2011 7:40 AM

    I would rather have this guy than Colt McCoy.

  55. kingbattle says: Mar 9, 2011 8:05 AM

    Why do people keep comparing this kid to Tom Brady? The patriots have a great system, and they made Matt Cassell look like Drew Brees in a couple of his games.. The combine measures one thing, athleticism.. And I don’t know guys, I’m sure you have to be pretty athletic to play qb, isn’t football a sport. It’s funny how Mallet has somewhat crappy proday but he’s still the best, but last year tim tebow had an awesome proday and did everything in college but was considered a project qb.. Mayock, get a new job already..

  56. thegonz13 says: Mar 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    Dan McGwire and Ryan Leaf also had cannons for an arm… Today, they’re both trivia questions!

  57. armchairgm9 says: Mar 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    Remember that Peyton Manning run this season where he slid before making it to the endzone. You could have timed that with a desk calendar. And who would want that guy as their QB…

  58. BC says: Mar 9, 2011 9:11 AM

    Dude’s about as mobile as Nate Newton. Hope he goes to a team that can pass block, or he’s going to end up getting really really beaten up.

  59. jeremyhurst says: Mar 9, 2011 9:34 AM

    schemefactory says:
    Mar 8, 2011 7:25 PM
    why, in that picture, is the front point of the ball pointing behind him? strong arm or not, nfl ready or not, that’s bad mechanics? i’m no expert, just think drew brees, or aaron rodgers would never do that..

    ————————

    I think you need to google some pictures of drew brees and aaron rodgers throwing before you say they would never do that, because that IS good mechanics, and they ALL do it.

    You try throwing a football keeping the nose pointed forward for the entire motion and tell me how that goes for you.

    Please know what you’re talking about before you bash someone who is one million times better than you at something.

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