April 30, 2011

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Patriots' Gamble on Ryan Mallett Could Pay Dividends Down the Road, Save Quarterback's Reputation (Jeff Howe, Apr 30, 2011, NESN)

There's this genuine, homegrown Southern personality that emanates from Ryan Mallett, the quarterback with a rocket launcher for a right arm.

He comes across as a good guy with a funny side, and the Arkansas product can apparently talk football until he's out of oxygen. That's where being the son of a coach comes into play.

Mallett is the ideal size for a franchise quarterback, standing tall among his peers at 6-foot-6 and 238 pounds. And he's got the intangibles, evidenced by a 73-yard scoring drive in the final minute of last September's thrilling victory at Georgia, which was capped off by his 40-yard strike to Greg Childs.

But with that talent, and that personality, and those nerves, what's the deal? Why did he plummet into the third round of a draft that was littered with mediocrity at the quarterback position?

MORE:
Ryan Mallett focused on the future: QB prospect not concerned what anyone outside of NFL decision-makers think of him (Elizabeth Merrill, ESPN.com)


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