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.