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Report: Mallett’s draft stock falling like Clausen’s last year

Ryan Mallett, Van Stumon AP

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has generated positive reviews for his passing performances at the Scouting Combine and Razorbacks’ Pro Day, but the ability to throw the football powerfully and accurately may not be enough to save Mallett from falling out of the first round.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mallett’s draft “stock is falling, much like Jimmy Clausen’s did last season.”

Last year, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called Clausen a top-ten talent. But character concerns pushed the Notre Dame alum all the way to pick No. 48.

Mallett is reportedly “plagued by concerns about his character and personality.” And Mallett’s character concerns run much deeper than Clausen’s. We’ve touched on that plenty.

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, ex-Rams personnel boss and current ESPN 101 analyst Tony Softli broke down NFL teams’ concerns with Ryan Mallett, the player and person.

“A lot of teams are scared of him,” Softli said. “It’s nothing personal against the kid, but if you watch some of the games, you see his immaturity pop up. … I don’t know if he’s wired right. That’s what’s starting to concern a lot of teams.”

Softli predicts that Mallett will fall to the second or third round of the draft.

Mallett did not make the cut in our latest first-round mock.

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56 Responses to “Report: Mallett’s draft stock falling like Clausen’s last year”
  1. tv426 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:09 PM

    Bizzaro Newton!

    Newton has character issues but people peg him as a possible #1. I don’t get him rising and Mallett falling.

  2. zackd2 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:12 PM

    It’s not personal, we just don’t like your character and personal attributes.

    That makes sense….

  3. jimmysee says: Mar 18, 2011 6:13 PM

    Dude has a buzz cut — what’s up with that!?

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 18, 2011 6:15 PM

    “But character concerns pushed the Notre Dame alum all the way to pick No. 48.”

    Yeh, and has he had any issues with character?

  5. blkmanwtan says: Mar 18, 2011 6:21 PM

    If Mallet was the chosen white boy then he’ll be considered the best qb like the kid with 16 tds and 9 ints against a weak conference.

    I know Mallet will succeed, this kid can ball with the best of them. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the look the NFL is looking for.

  6. shaggeez says: Mar 18, 2011 6:26 PM

    I think this guy has the ability to become the best quarterback in this draft. I hope he falls out of the first round and the titans draft him in the 2nd. Anywhere in the 2nd or 3rd round could be a steal for this guy.

  7. mmickute says: Mar 18, 2011 6:27 PM

    anyone compared w/ Clausen is NOT a good thing. Clausen showed nothing last year and actually looked WORSE as the season went on.

    I drafted him in a Fantasy League and spent a lot of attention watching him. Luckily I made the move to trade him for Kolb before he got benched for sucking.

  8. hobartbaker says: Mar 18, 2011 6:28 PM

    His agent fears that Mallett won’t even get drafted. “Have you seen the picture PFT has up over there?”, he wailed with his head in his hands. “They’re killing him, and why? What did he ever do to them? Oh Gawwd!”.

  9. tryagainplease says: Mar 18, 2011 6:35 PM

    oh you mean softli the guy who perpetuated the drug rumors says this? shocking…

    and softli lives where? and gabbert went to school where? shocking yet again…

  10. broncfanor says: Mar 18, 2011 6:42 PM

    That’s what happens when you prove yourself to be as dumb as a post.

  11. jeff061 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:46 PM

    Smoke screen……he’ll never get past Seattle at #25…no way John Schneider and Pete Carroll rate Jake Locker over Mallett

  12. zackd2 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:49 PM

    “Dude has a buzz cut — what’s up with that!?”

    He thinks he’s eminem!!

  13. FinFan68 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:50 PM

    Sounds like his issues can be curtailed witha sensible clause in his contract. I wouldn’t be mad if the Dolphins drafted him after trading back from 15.

  14. sdboltaction says: Mar 18, 2011 7:01 PM

    Fits the Ryan Leaf profile to a tee.

  15. getweird4u says: Mar 18, 2011 7:08 PM

    It’s because he is white!RACISTS

  16. lostsok says: Mar 18, 2011 7:11 PM

    Maybe he should have taken ANOTHER quarterback’s college career and put HIM name on it. Heck, that’s how Cam Newton got through that whole “going to class” thing.

    Hasn’t seemed to hurt Cam being a lying cheat.

  17. cappa662 says: Mar 18, 2011 7:19 PM

    I didn’t think Jimmy Clausen was a top 100 talent last year. Usually Mayock is on point, but the last couple of drafts make me question him (Robert Ayers, Knowshon Moreno, McCoy over Suh).

    He’s been pretty right about QBs though Cutler over Young and Leinart; Sanchez over Stafford.

  18. indyeagle says: Mar 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    blah,blah,blah…..

    Anyone who watched this kid play more than 8 quarters already knew he wasn’t a 1st round talent. You “draftniks” get played like a fiddle by these scouts and pro personnel people every year. Here’s a novel concept: Watch some tape and form your own opinion. Then, put together your own mock draft that actually makes sense. It feels like 4 or 5 guys put this mock drafts together and everyone else just follows suit with tiny changes so it isn’t obvious that they did zero work themselves.

    Mallett has a ton of potential, but it doesn’t translate to the game tape. He is a 2nd round pick who may see the field in 3 or 4 years.

  19. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 18, 2011 7:27 PM

    Maybe because Clausen was another one of those overhyped High School QB coming out of a prep school. The only person that believed Clausen was going to be an elite QB in the NFL was Mel Kiper, and that’s probably because they share the same agent.

    If I had to take Clausen or Mallet with the top 10 pick, I pick Mallet every time.
    Not like either of them are extraordinary. It’s unfortunate to be a team with QB needs in such a weak class.

    Guys like Mallet, Newton, Gabbert, would’ve been 3rd-4th round picks if this class was as deep as the 2004 class. Sucks to be picking in the 1st round, half of these guys probably wouldn’t even be considered 1st round talent if the draft class was deeper.

  20. peester15 says: Mar 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    Have you heard this guy speak? He sounds like a hood-rat..How is he supposed to lead an NFL team?

  21. brownsclown says: Mar 18, 2011 7:52 PM

    One of Mallett’s problems is that if you take his Wonderlic score, add it A.J. Green’s and add those to Patrick Peterson’s, you’re still below a 10.

    That’s a little alarming!

  22. skoobyfl says: Mar 18, 2011 8:02 PM

    I hope the Bills take him in the 3rd round, mid-late 3rd after trading back out of the first.

  23. secdominance says: Mar 18, 2011 8:26 PM

    The substandard character assassination of Ryan Mallett continues

  24. JimmySmith says: Mar 18, 2011 8:28 PM

    If the guy sucks, and has trouble speaking plain English, then he is a sure fire fit to replace T Jack in MN. Maybe the Vikings will even trade up to get him.

  25. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:30 PM

    I am personally guaranteeing he will be the best qb of this draft. Take that to the bank.

  26. gbfanforever says: Mar 18, 2011 8:38 PM

    Well duh, it’s only the redneck know-nothing sec fans that this guy will be anything but a bust despite a lack of leadership skills and huge character risks

  27. thefiesty1 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:48 PM

    Of course his draft stock is falling with all the speculation of his drug “problem”. It’s his talent that’s really causing the slide. Just like with Clausen – it’s the talent.

  28. tryagainplease says: Mar 18, 2011 8:51 PM

    brownsclown says: One of Mallett’s problems is that if you take his Wonderlic score, add it A.J. Green’s and add those to Patrick Peterson’s, you’re still below a 10.

    it was on this very site yesterday that mallett scored a 26 on the wonderlic.

  29. whatswiththehate says: Mar 18, 2011 9:19 PM

    blkmanwtan says:
    Mar 18, 2011 6:21 PM
    If Mallet was the chosen white boy then he’ll be considered the best qb like the kid with 16 tds and 9 ints against a weak conference.

    I know Mallet will succeed, this kid can ball with the best of them. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the look the NFL is looking for.

    ——————————-
    Thank u so much..

    And I would like my new information to come from way more credible source than those who are best friends with Blaine Gabbert agent. Sounds like a tremdous conflict of interest. ESPN and the NFL Network lost all levels of credibilty with me a long time ago. They are greedy and show way to much favoritism for anyone to thrust them.

    Newton and Mallett. Two of the main QBs who were direct threat to Blaine, They are both labeled with “character issues” and intentionally underminded as ‘have issues with their games.” Cam Newton has had every failed black qb albatrossed around his neck from the word “go.” He’s had his past held againt him and dumb-ass comments intentionally taken out of contexts and used as some kind of evidence of his “character.” And it seems eveything his stock starts the rise the medi ratchets up the mocking, labeling and ridiculing.. Mallett had his name smear when someone, seems like many feel the plant came from Blaine’s agent, put out an accusation of drug usage right before the Combine. Now as soon as some start saying that Mallett is WAY better than Blaine comes the ESPN/Blaine team folks claiming the Mallett’s draft stock is falling…Coencidental, I think NOT..

    Here’ hoping all evil acts don’t go unpunished and those who are behind what is happening to Mallett and Cam will get exactly what they deserve..

    Good Luck Mallett. There are many out there rooting for U, Cam, Jake and a lot of the other QBs who are intentionally ignored.

  30. whatswiththehate says: Mar 18, 2011 9:23 PM

    lostsok says:
    Mar 18, 2011 7:11 PM
    Maybe he should have taken ANOTHER quarterback’s college career and put HIM name on it. Heck, that’s how Cam Newton got through that whole “going to class” thing.

    Hasn’t seemed to hurt Cam being a lying cheat.
    ————————————
    Show some proof of what ur saying and I don’t want to hear it came from ESPN…Show me some tangible proof that CAM is a cheater and a liar.

  31. whatswiththehate says: Mar 18, 2011 9:27 PM

    brownsclown says:
    Mar 18, 2011 7:52 PM
    One of Mallett’s problems is that if you take his Wonderlic score, add it A.J. Green’s and add those to Patrick Peterson’s, you’re still below a 10.

    That’s a little alarming!

    ———————————–
    One wonders what your wonderlic score would be since u don’t seem to use much braincells when u post this…

    Mallett’s Wonderlic scor was 26..So ur mathing is way off. Figures

  32. burntorangehorn says: Mar 18, 2011 9:35 PM

    peester15 says:
    Mar 18, 2011 7:38 PM
    Have you heard this guy speak? He sounds like a hood-rat..How is he supposed to lead an NFL team?
    =======================
    Texas kids who commit to Michigan and then transfer back home are required to speak thusly.

    Signed,

    Sam McGuffie

  33. chipwade says: Mar 18, 2011 9:40 PM

    Sometimes the best thing to happen to players is to not get drafted in the early rounds. What percentage of starting QBs are first and second round picks?

  34. zn0rseman says: Mar 18, 2011 9:43 PM

    Please, please, please, please….

    STOP using that terrible picture of Ryan Mallet! We realize that the media uses such pictures to cast a person in a negative light, but this isn’t even in the NFL yet and he’s already getting blasted by sports media from around the nation and everybody is using this stupid picture of him sitting on the sidelines with his lips pursed.

    We get it, the sports media and PFT don’t like him… fine. But please stop using this lame picture which is probably the unflattering picture you could find of him. There are plenty of pictures of him available that aren’t lame, so pick one and give the guy a chance.

  35. occamsrazor1 says: Mar 18, 2011 9:50 PM

    Can you imagine if Clausen and Mallett where both black what would be the supposed reason?

    The race baiters would be energized.

  36. oldbyrd says: Mar 18, 2011 10:16 PM

    I wonder how a talented young man like Ryan doesn’t seem to realize whats at stake here. He will probably loose millions becaus of his character. Of course none of us know but, where is his parential guidance???

  37. shaggytoodle says: Mar 18, 2011 10:54 PM

    Its a lot easier to move on if you get a 2nd round QB that doesn’t pan out like Brohm, or Clausen, because they don’t have first round money invested.

    I have said it before I don’t believe if he is worth a top 20 pick.

    A team may sneak back into the late first to get him like a Buffalo or Arizona if they chose to fill in other areas at the top of the draft.

  38. wilburmills says: Mar 18, 2011 10:59 PM

    This continued non-specific character assassination of Ryan Mallett beats anything I have ever seen….I have watched college football for 50 years and all of Mallet’s games at ARkansas… he is one of the most accurate passers i have ever seen…compare his completions, td’s and yards in the SEC with any of the prior top qb’s,,I know he threw an interception in the Sugar Bowl but go back and look at the two early touchdown passes he threw to the back corner of the endzone with good coverage and tell me how many current NFL qb’s could make those throws….people who are down on him haven’t watched him…these stock falling is the draft-nik/so-called experts…

  39. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 18, 2011 11:02 PM

    hmmm what do you want in an nfl qb? Big? Strong arm? Accurate? Huge stats in college in a Pro Offense? Durable? Mallet fits all of this. He can make every throw and is a tank. But oh yea, lets take two athletic qbs who can not make a throw or throw for 30 tds in a college season ahead of him, Gabbert and Newton. Please, give me a break. Are you kidding me? This is probably coming from the same scouts that ranked Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers.

  40. billucf96 says: Mar 18, 2011 11:28 PM

    Ryan “Leaf” Mallet

  41. Evan Silva says: Mar 18, 2011 11:49 PM

    Shield –

    I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with your point. But just a heads up:

    Cam Newton did throw 30 touchdown passes last season at Auburn. He completed a higher percentage of passes than Ryan Mallett, had a higher yards-per-attempt average than Mallett, took fewer sacks than Mallett, won more games than Mallett, and lost fewer games than Mallett.

    So if we’re gonna go off stats, Cam Newton is a better pro prospect than Ryan Mallett.

  42. tryagainplease says: Mar 18, 2011 11:52 PM

    oldbyrd says: I wonder how a talented young man like Ryan doesn’t seem to realize whats at stake here. He will probably loose millions becaus of his character. Of course none of us know but, where is his parential guidance???

    well they’re obviously horrible parents and ryan had a simply devastating childhood– just read this for proof: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/sep/12/meet-mallets/

    do you really wanna know what ryan’s character issue is? it’s the fact that he speaks like a black man. the horror! it’s not the words he uses, it’s the tone and inflection of his voice. stone him! a black guy can talk black but a white man can’t- and evidently even black men (softli) prey upon that prejudice.

  43. tryagainplease says: Mar 19, 2011 12:10 AM

    …won more games than Mallett, and lost fewer games than Mallett.

    you mean the guy who played for the team who won the national championship and went undefeated for the season not only won more but lost less than a player from a different team? wow, genius mathematics at play, thank goodness we have this place for information.

    someone brought up why you all continue to use this pic of him- i didn’t see you respond to that.

  44. brewdogg says: Mar 19, 2011 12:26 AM

    While I admit I have only seen a few of Mallet’s games, one thing that I noticed is that he has a tendency to not reset his feet when he has to move, and that is usually when his bad passes pop up. That’s something that will have to be drilled into him before he is handed the reins.

    As to his character concerns…. Confidence is one thing, arrogance is another. It’s a fine line that Mallet may be falling on the wrong side of. He would likely benefit from being forced to sit and watch a less-talented veteran who is dedicated to his craft start in front of him until he figures it out. It’ll take a strong coach to do that.

    The guy has a great arm and has shown the ability to cycle through his reads and look off the safety on occasion, and to recognize the blitz and find the hole. While I think it would be a mistake to throw him in right away, I think with a little time to understand the off-field things that are required to be an NFL QB and dedicate himself to it, he could be a great player, likely the best of this draft class. But the simple fact that he was never named team captain, despite his talent and the position he plays, does lend some credence to the immaturity claims, and validates the bust potential.

    Of course, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. I’d like to know what you think, America. Please call me at 1-800-lactose.

  45. *Legion* says: Mar 19, 2011 12:30 AM

    Ryan Mallett is nothing like Ryan Leaf.

    If you want to compare him with a past bust, the name you’re looking for is Jim Druckenmiller.

  46. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 19, 2011 12:31 AM

    Evan those are good points. I did not realize Newton had stats like that. When I think of Newton trying to make a pinpoint throw is where I think he falls far short of Mallet. And this is the nfl. So I still stand by my scouting report, but certainly after what you added I would put Newton at 2 above gabbert and still behind Mallet.

  47. mrba4775 says: Mar 19, 2011 2:06 AM

    once again another agent is spewing out these lies to downgrade one prospect over another. i still think mallett is the best qb coming out of this draft. gabbert did nothing in his big games he played this year, yet he is considered a top 10 prospect, newton is a one year wonder. mallett produced in the toughest conference in college football for 2 yrs, was team captain and led his school to it’s first BCS game in school history. if the receiver would have ran the right route, mallet would have been labeled the comeback kid. the same was said about big ben when he came out and he fell to the stealers and look what happen he has a ring an has performed at the big dance twice.

  48. grandpoopah says: Mar 19, 2011 2:50 AM

    @chipwade says:
    Mar 18, 2011 9:40 PM
    “… What percentage of starting QBs are first and second round picks?”

    Over half of starting QB’s are 1st round picks, about a quarter are 2nd round picks, and the rest are pretty much Tom Brady and Tony Romo (i.e. “black swans”).

  49. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Mar 19, 2011 5:12 AM

    When I look at that picture, I think of two words:
    – Dueling
    – Banjos

    One way or another it will be interesting to see how this class of quarterbacks fares in the league. I suspect that they will all be serviceable backups…

  50. purdueman says: Mar 19, 2011 5:22 AM

    Mallet head is a cross between being the next Cryin’ Leaf and the next Cade Mc Clown. Any team that invests even a 2nd round draft pick on this head case deserves to get burned. As the old baseball adage goes, “million dollar arm, ten cent head”.

  51. countyk66ers says: Mar 19, 2011 8:20 AM

    Who really knows?

  52. armchairgm9 says: Mar 19, 2011 8:28 AM

    Clausen doesn’t have the cannon that Mallett does. Someone will get seduced by his his arm and take him high 2nd round. Coaches always believe they can coach a guy up.

  53. bingocostello says: Mar 19, 2011 8:52 AM

    What if a person steals laptops, cheats on his exams, gets thrown out of colleges and extorts colleges, would that also qualify for “not being wired right”? and where are your stories about it with your critiques? Typical of NBC!

  54. kingjoe1 says: Mar 19, 2011 8:53 AM

    In the right system, Mallet will be a top 10 NFL QB.
    The Bengals in the 2nd round will probably pick him and ruin his career however.

  55. tryagainplease says: Mar 19, 2011 12:05 PM

    brewdogg —

    he was one of the team captains:

    http://arkansasnews.com/2010/08/07/notes-petrino-credits-captains-razorbacks-want-small-tex/

  56. stull60060 says: Mar 19, 2011 2:34 PM

    If Mallett is still available at #48 Al Davis will send the card in. Mark it down.

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