Chris Kouffman of UniversalDraft.com appeared on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft program last Friday to discuss allegations that quarterback Ryan Mallett used drugs at Arkansas.
The interview became a bit heated when NFLN host Paul Burmeister took issue with Kouffman’s assertion that there was little or no proof of Mallett’s alleged drug problems.
“I’ve talked to general managers,” said Burmeister. “I’ve talked to offensive coordinators. I’ve talked to quarterback coaches who have serious concern because of time they’ve spent with Ryan Mallett.
“What they have discovered is documented drug use, some real character issues, and wondering if they want (Mallett) to be the face of their franchise. These are people who make it their business to know Ryan Mallett inside and out.”
Replied Kouffman, “This is not the time of year when NFL teams are known for being particularly truthful or forthcoming about what they really think about players.”
Burmeister persisted in citing “off-the-record conversations with general managers and coordinators” to support what he claims is confirmed proof that Mallett was a drug user in Arkansas. The rest of the interview consisted of Kouffman’s responses being cut short by Burmeister’s forceful questions and conclusions, based on his dealings with NFL team brass.
Kouffman was brought on the show because he wrote a March 29 South Florida Sun-Sentinel column entitled “Draft Winds: Lies, Damn Lies and Ryan Mallett.”
The NFLN interview can be viewed at this link.
If Burmeister’s claims are valid, Ryan Mallett may he headed for the draft-weekend tumble that has been forecasted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan, and SI.com’s Tony Pauline, and hinted at by NFL Network’s Albert Breer.