Prospect

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Ryan Mallett (QB)
  • Height:
    6'7"
  • Weight:
    253 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Arkansas
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 10 (74)

Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick is masterful at picking up quality picks in the middle stages of the draft. Mallett is a legitimate first-round talent with the skills to be a star in the league. He has the unique opportunity to develop behind Tom Brady without the pressure of getting on the field immediately. This is an outstanding pick for the Patriots because it gives them tremendous long-term depth and flexibility at the quarterback position.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press- -
  • Vertical Jump24.0 inch
  • Broad Jump103.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Mallett has the arm strength and size of a franchise NFL quarterback but still needs to continue to develop his accuracy and decision-making consistency. Can drive the ball down field and hit the deep out. When drop mechanics are sound, shows the ability to stick the ball into tiny windows. Has played in pro-style systems and understands reads and progressions but is still prone to taking some risks. Release is natural and over-the-top. Exhibits leadership qualities on the field but front offices will want to further investigate his character and ability to take coaching. Mallett's a really enticing package and will likely come off the board in round one.


Strengths

Mallett possesses prototypical size. Has elite arm strength and can make all the throws. Displays smooth mechanics. Fluid, over-the-top delivery. Will fit the ball into tight spots and shows good overall accuracy. Has experience in the pro-style passing game. Good pocket mobility, can buy second chances and keeps his head down field. Fierce competitor and can command the huddle.

Weaknesses

Flashes the ability to run through progressions but has lapses in judgment and can force throws when pressured. Accuracy is solid but needs to become more consistent. Ball will sail when footwork gets sloppy. Does not have the athleticism to pick up much yardage with his feet at the next level. Potential maturity/character issues.

Grade

7.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. Belichick on Mallett pick

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.

    Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks about drafting Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett and other picks and trades he has made in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. Perfect fit for Mallett?

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.

    Is New England the best place for Ryan Mallett to grow? The "NFL Total Access" draft crew thinks so.

  3. Patriots pick Ryan Mallett No. 74

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 09:26 p.m.

    The New England Patriots select Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett with the 74th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  4. 2011 Draft Profile - QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 01:32 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

  5. 2011 combine workout: Ryan Mallett

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 03:07 p.m.

    Watch Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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