Needs a lot of space and minimal pass rush in pocket to operate
Back foot comes up too much on follow through, which hurts accuracy and balance
Summary: Ryan Mallett is getting overrated at this point because
everyone is in love with his size and arm strength. However, there
isn't much I saw on tape to give Mallett a first-round grade unless he improves
greatly in 2010.
Mallett is a very inconsistent quarterback and an extremely raw talent.
Plus, let's also factor in Bobby Petrino's poor history of sending quarterbacks to the NFL (Dave
Ragone, Stefan LeFors, Chris Redman, Brian Brohm). Something about Petrino's system either
doesn't prepare them for the NFL because the receivers are wide open thanks to great route combinations
and play calling, or he just finds a way to mask the talent level (not a problem with Mallett).
Mallett is starting the season with a third-round grade in my book with a second-round projection because
I think some team will overdraft him due to his immense upside. Maybe Mallett improves next season, but
that would just be me giving him the benefit of the doubt, which I rarely do for prospects.
Player Comparison: Derek Anderson. Anderson has the size and the arm, but like Mallett, he is a
bad athlete with poor accuracy.