Ryan Mallett, the quarterback with the big arm and big character questions, didn’t lose any confidence after he was passed over with the first 32 picks in the NFL draft.
“Whatever team is going to be smart enough to pick me, we’re going to make something happen,” Mallett said late Thursday night. “I just want to play ball, that’s what I say. I’m not disappointed. I mean I’m disappointed, but I have a chance to play in the NFL, so I’m not too disappointed.”
Mallett’s comments may come close to crossing the line from confidence to cockiness, but there’s no doubt that he’s a first-round passer now available in the second round. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see some team make a deal with the Patriots today to take Mallett with tonight’s first pick.
If Mallett isn’t among the first few names called tonight, however, that’s a strong indication that the questions about Mallett’s character go far beyond mere rumors and media speculation. NFL teams don’t pass on a quarterback with a million-dollar arm unless they’re convinced he has a ten-cent head.