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It's Ryan Mallett day at Dolphins camp

Ryan Mallett is scheduled to be in South Florida today to meet with the Dolphins for, by my estimate, the fourth time since the Indianapolis Combine in February.

Mallett is obviously more than just a passing fancy for the quarterback-hungry team. He is, by any definition, a player they are seriously studying and seriously considering in the coming draft. (Please note I did not say they will take him at No. 15 overall. I think they would consider him if they can trade down and pick up a second-rounder they lack or an extra third rounder.) So there's that.

Meanwhile ...

Mallett is fascinating to me.

He has so much promise. And he's got some obvious red flags.

The promise? It's pretty obvious. He has a great arm. He can throw the football 80 yards. He also has great confidence. "Trying to be like Tom [Brady] and Peyton [Manning] and guys like that is something that I strive for," Mallett said. "I watch the way they play the game. They control the game at the line of scrimmage and that's what I like to do."

You have to appreciate the unmitigated swag of a quarterback who has not thrown even one NFL pass and already is comparing himself to future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

But ...

Yes, there is a but as large as Mallett's 6-foot-7 frame. It's the reason Mallett is not a likely Top 10 pick and perhaps will have to wait until the latter part of the first round to get selected in the April 28 draft.

The waving red flags are plentiful. He did have consumption issues in college, according to a source. He did drink. At multiple times. To excess. That is a fact all teams know about. Drugs? I cannot report to you with certainty on that topic so I am not going there.

Don't diminish the alcohol. We're talking about a 22-year-old coming to South Florida. South Florida simultaneously offers and threatens a lifestyle about a million times faster than Mallett's native Texarkana, Texas. There are fifty ways to get in trouble on Miami Beach after you've had just one too many. Ask Fred Evans about that. (Google his South Beach moment).

So do not dismiss the beverages issue.

There are also whispers -- and they haven't diminished, but rather have increased -- about his unimpressive leadership qualities. A QB must be a leader. A guard doesn't have to be. A nose tackle doesn't have to be. A quarterback cannot succeed in the NFL if he is not a leader.

Frankly, the rumblings I'm hearing is that Mallett shrank in big moments during games and did it time and again. When the pressure was on most, he stepped tentatively. That is an issue because the fine NFL quarterbacks must play at their best under pressure, in the spotlight, and in the face of enormous odds.

NFL quarterbacks are the faces of billion-dollar franchises. Pressure? They better be comfortable with pressure both on and off the field.

But I am more interested in football and Mallett is more than the 32 TDs and 3,869 yards he rolled up as a junior. He is more than the 69 TDs and 8,388 yards he churned in limited 2007 action with Michigan and in 2009-10 as the starter at Arkansas.

The positives? There are plenty.

He improved, for starters. His completion percentage went from 55.8 in 2009 to 64.7 last season. That shows he learns, he adapts, he responds to coaching. Yes, he also threw for more more yards, touchdowns, and had a higher yard per attempt statistic last year than the year before. All excellent signs.

Mallett did this while playing in the Southeastern Conference, which is as close to the NFL as you're going to get without actually being in the NFL -- and that includes the UFL and Arena League.

Mallett was a classic passer in college. His team used the pro-style attack which is a big plus because his transition to the NFL won't be as difficult as if he was coming from the spread option.

His third down completion percentage was 64.1 last year with 8 TDs and 2 INTs. That means even when the defense expected him to throw, during football's money down, he was effective.

He was nails on third-and-three-to-seven-yard plays. He completed 72.7 percent of those throws. And he was even good on third-and-eight-to-10-yard situations in completing 55 percent of those throws. He was outstanding on third and very long. He completed 59.3 percent of his passes on third-and-11-plus- yards last season. That is, again, excellent.

So that makes him star quality.

But watch Mallet on tape, dig a little deeper into Mallett's impressive stats, and you start to see a couple of warts.

When the competition got better, Mallett got worse. Yes, he threw five TD passes vs. UTEP. Yes, he threw for 400 yards against Louisiana-Monroe. But I don't frankly give a darn about those. Last I heard, UTEP isn't on the Dolphins schedule any time soon.

Against ranked opponents, Ryan Mallett was only slightly better than average. He threw only 11 of his 32 TDs (34 percent) against ranked opponents. But he threw eight of his 12 interceptions (66 percent) against those same ranked teams. That should raise an eyebrow.

This should also: He faced one NFL-caliber defensive scheme in 2010. Nick Saban runs exactly that at Alabama. Watching them on tape is like watching Miami's defense in 2005 and 2006.

And, frankly, the Crimson Tide defense rolled Mallett. He threw 1 TD pass and 3 INTs in that game. His mistakes -- misreading coverage, not anticipating, inaccuracy, getting rattled -- were partially responsible for his team blowing a lead and ultimately losing.

And that kind of performance against the best competition was not isolated. It was, in fact, almost a pattern. He threw for a  modest 96 yards against Auburn. He completed only 53 percent of his passes his final two games of the season against LSU and Ohio State.

In the video below, Mallett shows a bit of a testy side as he walks off during what was yet another question about the drug rumors. That has raised minor questions with some teams. I don't have a big problem with it. Dan Marino often got snarky with the media, too. So that is a non-issue to me.

What interests me in the video is Mallett admitting he's not meant for running around the field. That is obvious from watching him play. That is a major, major, major, major, major concern for me. I don't worry about him resembling Michael Vick. I don't need that. But a quarterback in today's NFL must, must, must, must be able to slide and glide and move in the pocket. That's not an option. That must come standard.

I don't think it comes standard with Mallett. If his receivers don't come open quickly, he's toast. If his blocking isn't pristine, he's toast.

And if you blitz him, he's burnt toast because he not only doesn't move well, but isn't good at recognizing the coming blitz, either. He is well below average on this issue.

As a result, the man who threw 69 career TDs in college was also sacked 61 times. That means you're just as likely to get a sack as a scoring pass from this guy. And that was behind what was by most accounts very solid collegiate offensive lines.

So why is that a concern? Well, aside from the fact that a sack is a negative play -- particularly in the red zone or within field goal range -- it means you got hit. And hits in the NFL result in injuries. And injured quarterbacks either don't play as well or don't play at all.

And that leads to loses. And loses lead to coaches and general managers getting fired.

If Mallett cannot develop a better approach to evading sacks and even hits that don't lead to sacks, his career will be in much greater risk than quarterbacks who do have that ability.

The Dolphins, indeed, any team must measure that potential risk as they think about investing a draft pick, and probably a signature pick, on what could essentially be a sitting duck who's wearing a target on his back.

The Dolphins must chew on all these things and more.

They'll be masticating plenty today when Mallett is scheduled to be at the team's facility.

 

 

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Just kidding, fin4life. Yes, Joe Gibbs won w/o a great QB. So did Parcells and I believe Cowher before Big Ben.

I will go and prepare my lunch now. And ponder about the situation.

I just think Sparano and Ireland haven't given up on Henne enough to warrant drafting a QB in the 1st round. 2nd round,maybe but 1st....i'm not convinced.

For all our problems on the Offensive side of the ball last season,dont be surprised if we go Defense in the 1st. I have a feeling it could be an OLB...

Honestly, no qb on first round, listening to all the comments and seeing all the perspectives, we DO need our 1st pick to start right away.

Trade next year second round and a conditional 3rd for carson palmer, WHY???, because don't tell me a 2nd rounder for THE BEAST was not worthy.... trade down and try to get ingram later in the first round or second, pouncey at G/C can be really good if he has his brother level and we could talk about WEEB-SIMMS second comming, LONG-POUNCEY.

*****SORRY FOR BEING AWAY SO MANY TIME I'M BACK AT BUSSINESS****

LORD POMBIUS

Mark.

No chance for an OLB on 1st round, we were ranked 6th on total defense last year. Nolan works great with not a lot of names so we will be strong on defense.

Offense in 1st is a lock.

This isn't a great year for QBs, but if you are going to gamble on a QB, I still say Mallett is a better bet than Gabbert or Newton. Kaepernick's mechanics are flawed, and Locker looks like a mess all round. It is ridiculous to keep bringing up rumors about drinking in college, and even less substantiated talk of drugs, while piously pretending not to care. Tittle-tattle doesn't count. As for Mallett's supposed problems against better teams - Mallett did fine, he just didn't have much of a team on his side. And yes, if you are going to bring up the Auburn game, for heaven's sake do your research first. 96 yards in one quarter before getting injured actually suggests he was doing pretty well! I see a QB who improved, who did a good job, even with weak support. That says to me that Mallett is worth the investment, if you intend to take a QB in a weak year for the position.

poizen @12:11,

The OL I`m talking about when refering to S.F. was the one they had in there 1st. SB Title in 81, Bill Walsh had only been on the seen for 3 years at that point and they were a work in progress. The S.F. team your thinking about is the finnished product that ran us over in SB 19 and went on to dominate the decade.

The 81 Niners had issues protecting Montana big time, I remember because I saw the NFC Title game that year and the thinking went that Dallas and there imposing DL with To Tall Jones and Randy White were going to eat Montana for breakfast and he dinked and dunked the Cowboys to death with there new look WC Offense. By the way like the Pats of 2000 with the tuck if not for the catch by Dwight Clark it`s Dallas collecting there 3rd. trophy.

S.F. Offensive weapons in that game Clark, Freddie Solomon, Wendell Tyler, not exactly house hold names. By the way guys great examples in Joe Gibbs and Parcells getting it done with mediocre Q.B. play, especially Giggs who wins 3 times with 3 diff. Q.B.`s

Nickzi.

Nice 96 yds on first qrt stat. I agree Mallet is good worth the risk FOR A TEAM IN REBUILDING PROCESS.

Miami has to search for someone proven, defense is young, but knowing that it takes at least 3 years to peak at QB position, no guarantees can be made we will be there.

Get a veteran, get a rookie. WIN NOW.

Why would the Dolphins use Mallet as a ploy? How does that benefit them? If Seattle wants to move up in the draft to get him they will be on the phone with the Rams (who pick before the Phins) to get Mallet. They wouldn't wait until we were on the clock to call us, that is a stupid analogy. Mallet is going to be the best QB coming out of this class and IF he is still there @15 the Dolphins would be wise to take him.

Ryan Mallett = Jeff George. Or pick another of many similar comparisons. Great arm, but nothing else. The NFL QB graveyard is littered with these types.

Mondo,

Mallet didnt have the best WR or OL. Except for DJ WIlliams there wasnt much left. Ive SEEN vidio of Mallet side-stepping rushing tackles and linebackers like Dan the Man. Seen it, saw it, however ud like to view it.
ALl Mallet needs is good coaching, time, experience. I wonder if he'd get all three in Miami ????

TCU's OL Marcus Cannon would be a great fit at guard for the Fins. Nobody is even talking about him......

JS in LA,

I hope JASON WHITLOCK never reads your prior comment. Jajaja.

305,

No way the Rams trade that pick it`s got either Julio Jones or AJ Green written all over it, if anything maybe Wash.

305,

Rams get Julio or AJ in first. No chance they trade down.

There is no guarantee the Rams want to trade down, plus someone valuable may fall to them. Also, even if they do want to trade down, it may not be with Seattle.

It makes perfect sense to use Mallet as a ploy when you are a team that has made it well known you want to trade down. The trade down scenario is no sure thing this year, teams are going to be less likely to give up picks with no FA in place. If Ireland wants to trade down as he has publicly stated, he has to do everything in his power to create interest from potential trading partners. One way you create interest is by making them think you are going to pick the player they are coveting.


The draft hasn't started yet, but at least I see Ireland is out there working the system to make something happen in his favor. I'll give him a pre-draft vote of confidence.

Some observations:

1) This was a truly outstanding article by Armando. A fascinating breakdown.

2) Rowdy Roddy Piper was such a compelling wrestler back in 1984-1985 when he was a bad guy. There wasn't a funnier or more provocative wrestler in the WWF. When he became a good guy, he was too self-aware, and his humor fell flat. I haven't watched much professional wrestling since the late 1980s. It doesn't make me laugh anymore.

3) Speaking of the 1980s, whatever happened to Appolonia - the chick from "Purple Rain"? Now, there was a beautiful/intelligent/sexy woman.

4) The NFL Network's list of the 100 greatest football players of all-time placed Dan Marino at no. 25. I'd put him higher, but 25 is pretty good considering all the great players who have ever played. While I'm not on the list, I do know that I'm better at the play-action fake, as a 43-year old, than Marino ever was in his prime. Marino's half-assed attempt at deceiving the defense with a fake handoff was about as meaningful as Barack Obama's half-assed plan to tackle the budget deficit.

5) Everybody has skeletons in their closet. Mine is that when I went through puberty, I once - you know - to the following women:

a) Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White) from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
b) Wheezy Jefferson (Isabel Sanford) from "The Jeffersons"
c) Audra Lindley (Mrs. Roper) from "Three's Company."

It was just once. But - you know - once is enough to provide a lifetime of shame.
c)

0x80 @12:55

Good post, agree 100%

It stands to reason he would need to create a couple of trade scenario`s for himself. The S.D. one while obvious isn`t a given Belichick has 3 of the top 33 picks and he knows Miami will deal with S.D. so if he wants Watt there really is nothing to stop him from moving up and securing the selection if need be. Nobody is better set up to trade in this draft than N.E.

Dan Marino came to Miami with a well known coke problem...that is why Pittsburgh passed on him.

How did that turn out? Not too bad by my account.

Not saying he is the guy, just don't discount him b/c of the boozing.

Dodsworth,

I enjoy your musings please keep them coming, LOL!!

fin4 @ 1:02pm

You just reminded me of the scariest reality of this years draft:

"Nobody is better set up to trade in this draft than N.E."

Please don't do that anymore!

Nathaniel,

Don't even get me started on the TOP 100.

Marino HAS to be higher, simple as that.

And don't forget the Manning in 9 ROBBERY.

D,

Marino never had that problem or it wasn`t even a topic of discussion in his draft. In that draft a rumor began flying that Marino had played poorly his Sr. Season at Pitt. because he was hanging around the frat houses Smoking some sticky icky, while enjoying his status as B.M.O.C.

His College Coach Foge Fazzio released his drug tests to NFL Teams on the eve of that draft, which by the way all tested negative but the dammage was done. If you enjoy a good conspiracy there are alot of rumors that Shula perpetuated the rumor. The reality though is that when Pitt. decided to go with Mark Malone and re-build there D it scared teams because the thinking went that if anybody had dirt on Dan it was them.

You keep raising all these non-issues. If they're non-issues, why raise them? Mallett did get rolled by the bama D, no argument there. He got flustered. His "modest" 96 yards against Auburn came in one quarter. He was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter. That would have been a nice little detail to share.

Other than getting busted for underage drinking outside a Fayetteville bar his first year at the UA, there was nothing. Never any leadership or discipline issues, and certainly never any drug issues. And if they were so rampant, as suggested, in this day and age, don't you think they would have found their way into somebody's blog or Twitter account or something? Does he drink? I'm sure he probably does. Other than Tim Tebow, how many college athletes don't?

Oh, and Ryan is not a Texarkana, Texas native. How long will folks continue to get that wrong? He was born and raised in Arkansas. His dad got a coaching gig on the Texas (wrong) side of Texarkana at Texas High, so that's where he went to high school. But they lived on the Arkansas side. He was born in Batesville, Ark., and most of his childhood was spent in Lincoln, Ark.

I agree with 0x80 and fin4life, this is quite possibly a ploy. Ireland usually even outthinks himself in these matters, so I wouldn't take anything he's saying right now as the Gospel. Miami might very well be interested in Mallet, but maybe they're interested in someone else who a team drafting earlier is interested in, whose also interested in Mallet, and trying to force them to take Mallet so they can get the other guy. There are so many ways to spin this and strategize that we'll never know until Draft Day who's pulling who's leg.

nickzi...I made the point about the Auburn game. This was a follow up to a point I made against Mallet a week or so ago. My point was that Mallet is terrific on script. This means on the first or second drives on either side of the first or third quarter. Henne does his best work here as well.

When the game gets off script, and the teams make their adjustments. Mallet, like Henne starts to make mistakes, and is guilty of poor decisions. The majority of Mallets sacks, and interceptions come in the 4th quarter, or the mid to end part of the second quarter. Not good. This tells me that he can follow the gameplan well. When he has to freelance, or the defense has figured out a way to disrupt the flow. He struggles.

We already have a guy that shrinks like a wiener in cold water under pressure. We should bring in another guy with those same traits? Not in round 1.

0X80,

I hear you it`s why I think Ireland is shifting gears preparing for what Belichik will do with his picks. If we trade to the end of rd.1 and aquire a two in the process, what do you see as value my friend ?

POST OF THE DAY:

This isn't a great year for QBs, but if you are going to gamble on a QB, I still say Mallett is a better bet than Gabbert or Newton. Kaepernick's mechanics are flawed, and Locker looks like a mess all round. It is ridiculous to keep bringing up rumors about drinking in college, and even less substantiated talk of drugs, while piously pretending not to care. Tittle-tattle doesn't count. As for Mallett's supposed problems against better teams - Mallett did fine, he just didn't have much of a team on his side. And yes, if you are going to bring up the Auburn game, for heaven's sake do your research first. 96 yards in one quarter before getting injured actually suggests he was doing pretty well! I see a QB who improved, who did a good job, even with weak support. That says to me that Mallett is worth the investment, if you intend to take a QB in a weak year for the position.

Posted by: nickzi | April 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM


Right on the money nickzi! LOL...............

If Marino had a coke problem he certainly came to the wrong City to fix it.

fin4,

Ideally I'd like to move back no further than 24, but the chances of that are slim. Swapping for a late round 1 and getting a 2 I would still consider that value. Swapping for a 2 and getting a 3 I will consider a bum deal. My concern is Ireland is so ultra desperate to trade down he may take a bad deal.

NAME ONE STAR PLAYER ON ARKANSAS' DEFENSE?

NOW, OUTSIDE OF MALLET AND DJ WILLIAMS NAME ME ONE STAR ON ARKANSAS' OFFENSE?

Yet Mallet led this SUBPAR Razorback team to a 2nd place tie finish with LSU(powerhouse) also fimishing ahead of national powerhouse Alabama in the SEC.

ENUFF SAID! LOL.......................

Lord Pombius,
I don't recall Whitlock's opinion of Mallett. What was it? Personally, I find Whitlock to either be dead on, or WAAAAY off - rarely inbetween. Kind of like the QB prospects unfortunately.

I also agree with the guys who think this is a ploy. I don't believe Mallett is their target but even if he is, I commend these guys for doing their homework on him.

A lot of guys want to use Dan Marino as a comparison when talking about Mallett. Alleged drug use, lack of mobility, some character concerns and a guy who has mixed talk around him. Are we really comparing a 22 year old kid to a Hall of Famer? Bit early for that talk, no? And let's say he is Dan Marino....for arguments sake. How would Dan Marino do on this Dolphins team today? I'm not convinced he'd be a Hall of Famer. No Clayton or Duper. No Simms or Webb. No Don Shula coaching. And the defences today are quicker, bigger and better coached. Are we REALLY trying to say this kid could step into this team and be the next Dan Marino? I HIGHLY doubt it!!

DJ Williams and Ryan Mallet will probably be the only two Arkansas player drafted into the NFL this year.

THAT ALONE SHOULD SPEAK VOLUMES TO YOU MALLET DOUBTERS! LOL................

Mark,

Chill men, you almost hurt yourself typing the last column.

I agree with you in all the points, specially in the drinking issue, EVERYBODY DRINKS, come on Mando don't be so sensitive on this issue.

However Mark, I'm sure that the inside intel Mando has is far much better than ours, the people he discusses and talks with are INSIDE the game, they don't mislead because they actually LIVE in the game, they say what the see and hear, that's what gives a journalist such like mando (that specialices in 1 team) great knowledge of the persons related to all this issues.

But it's fair to ask Mando for a more specific information, like texas or the injury in the game.

DB,

ENUFF said NOTHING!!....you're comparing apples to oranges. How is what a guy did in College indicative of what he will do in the pros? Didn't Russell and others eat it up in College? Big jump from College to the pros man...your argument holds no water.

SHOULD I PACK A LUNCH? MALLET DOUBTERS IM WAITING FOR YOU TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION:

NAME ONE STAR PLAYER ON ARKANSAS' DEFENSE?

NOW, OUTSIDE OF MALLET AND DJ WILLIAMS NAME ME ONE STAR ON ARKANSAS' OFFENSE?

Yet Mallet led this SUBPAR Razorback team to a 2nd place tie finish with LSU(powerhouse) also fimishing ahead of national powerhouse Alabama in the SEC.

ENUFF SAID! LOL.......................

Talking about draft strategies, if Belichick even sniffs our intention for our #15 pick, he will use one of his many draft picks to force us to trade up. Bet on it.

CRAIGM,

YOU STILL DIDNT ANSWER THE QUESTION! LOL............

Some questions:

Other than a more accurate deep ball, is Mallet better than Henne in any other areas?

Is he worse than Henne in other areas?

How long would it take Mallet to get to where Henne is right now?

If Henne turns his game around this year, would the Mallet pick still have been wise?

Are we going to give Henne a fair chance in 2011 or will management just put the nails in his coffin before the season starts?

i WASNT A jARMARCUS FAN AT ALL COMING OUT OF COLLEGE CRAIGM. IM STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION AND ANYOTHERS WHO DOUBT:

NAME ONE STAR PLAYER ON ARKANSAS' DEFENSE?

NOW, OUTSIDE OF MALLET AND DJ WILLIAMS NAME ME ONE STAR ON ARKANSAS' OFFENSE?

Yet Mallet led this SUBPAR Razorback team to a 2nd place tie finish with LSU(powerhouse) also fimishing ahead of national powerhouse Alabama in the SEC.

ENUFF SAID! LOL.......................


0X80,

WITH QUESTIONS LIKE THOSE YOU POSTED AT 1:28PM. THATS EXACTLY HOW TEAMS TALK THEMSELVES OUT OF MAKING THE CORRECT CALL. IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY ANSWERED THOSE QUESTIONS AFTER GIVING A GUY NUMEROUS INTERVIEWS. aLL YOU'VE DONE IS WASTED YOUR TIME WHEN YOU COULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT SOMEONE ELSE.

Craig,

Oh it's good to be back.....

Marino would have been a HOF starting for any team.

The capacities, abilities, skills and intangibles of the SUPERSTAR players can develop into great things.

Who knows, he doesn't have clayton and duper?? no he'd have BRANDON MARSHALL a top 5 WR.

He'd have JAKE LONG and ALL PRO.

He'd have a WELL ABOVE AVERAGE DEFENSE.

So he could easy, perform as great as he did.

Enough with the Marino-Mallet thing.

DB????? WTF is the point of your post? No one needs to answer who the other stars were. IT IS COLLEGE. The majority of picks that come out did not have many OTHER stars last year? This guy crumbled against the better competition in college and put up kless than half the numbers he did against rollover teams. He now will be going to the NFL!! LOL LOL LOL LOL.... What is it with you and the damn LOL? No one is laughing.

I am now mad at myself, it sounds like a personal attack, but I am going to leave it. It is not meant to be personal, but you baffle the living hell out of me with some of your points. Just my perspective.

Wow! Still not one Mallet doubter can name even one legit star on Arkansas defense or one start outside of Mallet and Williams on offense.

Let's up the anty: Name one player from the 2010 Razorback team that will be drafted besides Mallet and DJ Williams?

Come on Mallet doubters I double dare you! Seems Mallet pretty carried a very otherwise subpar team a top his broad shoulders! LOL..........

JS IN LA,

JASON WITHLOCK is a self-proclaimed fan of Jeff George, one of his top athletes, according to several of his columns.

He'd kill you for comparing a rookie with him.

He actually wrote George could return to the NFL as a member of the vikings or so and perform at probowl level, jaja.

Really??

0x80 @1:21,

If he can`t get a deal in place for a 2nd. rounder moving to the 24th. selection,(N.O.) then he has to stay put because even to a novice like Ross it will reek of desperation. He doesn`t deserve to be an NFL G.M. if he were to cave like that. If we can trade to 24 like you think, a possibility if the rumors about Peyton liking Ingram are true, then I would have to say I like Gabe carimi (meanest S.O.B. of OL) and with the additional 2, either Demarco Murray, I like the speed to burn ! or in all honesty if he`s available Quan Sturdivant ILB N.C. everybody is on Quinn but youtube this guy he played ILB/OLB he really jumps of the screen at you.

DB,

Those were my questions for me to know. I don't know the answers, nor do I know what answers our FO have concluded. I was seeking some feedback from those that know Mallet abilities far better than I do.

0x80 @1:28,

Very legit questions, the more I look at them the more they mirror each other, even though if we took him and Henne had an awakening of Drew Brees proportions it wouldn`t exactly be the worst of problems to have thinking S.D. HERE.

Poizen,

The point its with Auburn numerous stars can be named on both sides of the ball. They'll probably have 4-5 players drafted within the first 3 rds. So will Alabama, a team Mallets Razorbacks finished ahead of in the SEC.

My point is Arkansas will only have 1 player drafted within the 1st 3 rds. That's Mallet alone. DJ Williams is projected to go 4th-5th rd. Hell playing for Auburn Mallet could have easily won a national championship too.

Had Mallet played for Auburn even the critics would be projecting him a top 3 overall pick. Unquestionably! LOL...............

Poizen @1:36pm

You did honor to your nick, poizen.

You destroyed DB, who by the way also made honor to his.

DB, lol is the worst existing abreviation in the world.

Back to dolphins.....


0x80,

All good questions my friend. I have the same ones. I've already answered those and concluded we need to pass on Mallett.

By DB's analogy, Tim Tebow (perhaps the greatest College player ever) and Cam Newton, should have been fitted for HOF blazers before they even set foot on an NFL field. By the same token, Vince Young, who led his team to a National Championship, should have been a slam dunk success in the NFL. How did that work out? Never played a full schedule. Most TD's thrown in a season....TWELVE. Accuracy rate of less than 60 per cent. Going to be cut by his team, despite there being no other feasible long term asnwers at QB already on the roster.

I'll say it again, College success at QB position does not necessarily translate to success in the NFL. If it does then all the first round 'sure thing' QBs taken high would have panned out. They didn't. How come? That's what you're getting in Mallett. It's fool's gold fellas.....

Fin4life/0x80,

The major difference between Henne and Mallet at present is one glaringly obvious thing:

HENNE GREATLY UNDERACHIEVED AT MICHIGAN WITH SUPERIOR TALENT.

MALLET HAS GREATLY OVERACHIEVED WITH FAR LESS TALENT THAN HENNE HAD AT MICHIGAN!

AGREED? LOL..............

Craig,

I agree with fools gold.

However, you just had to type 6 words instead of a big column.

Alex Smith, Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf.

All great in college.

No one can predict the future in the qb spot more than any other position in football.

If Mallet is set to be a star, that also cannot be known now.

I like how Brian Billick was saying Mallet has Leaf written all over him. He also said if you pick a QB in the first, you're basically doing it with the assumption he is a franchise guy. Either picking him #1, 56, 10 , 15 etc...

All this coming from a coach who was on board with drafting Kyle Boller.

Just goes to show ya, opinions are like as^holes, we all have one.

I must have missed it. Can DB, tell us who Jemarcus Russell had to throw to or Ryan Leaf when they were in College? So for the very same argument, these guys carried their teams in College? How'd their pro careers turn out?

If Ryan Mallett is such a God, how come I've only seen him go in the first round in one or two mocks, that people who actually know a little bit football have done. How come nobody has talked about this 'lack of offensive talent' around Mallett. Should they all be saying he's a 'surefire first rounder'. I'm not hearing that from the people who matter.

AGAIN, CRAIGM FALSELY ATTEMPTS TO MAKE TISSUE PAPER WET AND WEAK POINTS BY PLACING FALSE WORDS INTO ANOTHER'S MOUTH,

CRAIGM's GREATEST STRENGTH IS TO PLACE FALSE WORDS INTO THE MOUTH OF OTHERS. LOL...........

Well DB, If your just comparing Newton to Mallett, then all the power to ya. Neither one in my opinion is a good bet to play for the money your paying them. So if that was all your doing, I guess I get it.

But none of that is any more justified to picking mallett @ pick 15 IMO. Hell I would not pick Newton either. So maybe I bow out of this now that I have clarification.

THE NAME LORD POMBIUS SOUNDS LIKE THE FILL IN FOR THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM ON A GRADE B ROBIN IN THE HOOD MOVIE.

What will be very telling about Mallett is if all the teams that have a clear need at QB pass on him. I'm talking about Carolina, Buffalo, Cinci, Arizona, SF, Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota. Could they ALL be wrong. Of course. But again, if this guy is all some people would lead you to believe he is, why would so many teams take a pass at 'the most important position in the game'.

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