We know the 49ers need a QB and we have a very capable coach to groom a young QB. I have read very differing opinions on Ryan Mallett. What do you think?
I have included a few scouting reports and article on him from online.
For the record when I have watched him play I thought he has talent but was not a finished product. I would not be mad if we ended up with him as long as we could treat him more like Aaron Rodgers then Alex Smith, let him learn from a vet as he is groomed to take over in a couple of years.
Most of what I have found is luke warm on him at best, read what I have found after the jump and feel free to add more if you find another article.From Clark Judge CBS Sports
Now that Ryan Mallett is going to the pros I have two questions: Where does he go and what are the concerns?
So I contacted a couple of scouts I trust, both of whom agreed that Mallett is a first-round pick, though maybe not a high one. OK, I think we expected that. But both voiced concerns about a couple of hiccups on Mallett's resume, too -- like his inability to close out big-time games and his body language.
The former was evident in this week's 31-26 loss to Ohio State when Arkansas threatened to catch the Buckeyes, only to have Mallett throw a game-ending interception. I know it happens. Only it happened before ... and in another big game. Try last September's 24-20 loss to Alabama when Mallett staked the Razorbacks to a 20-7 lead, then punctuated their last two drives with interceptions.
"He just doesn't seem to have the ability to put it over the top," said one NFC scout."I'm not saying he's a choker because he's big and can throw the ball. But he can't seem to finish big games."
That could be a problem. The quality that separates guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger andDrew Brees from others is their ability to produce critical plays at critical times, and I didn't see that from Mallett. Neither did our scouts, who gushed about the guy's arm, size and accuracy but who also pointed out that Mariano Rivera he's not.
"It's got to be a worry," said an AFC scout. "It could be the difference from being the 10th player taken to the 20th to the 30th. It's certainly an issue, let's put it like that."
But so is Mallett's demeanor. I confess that I didn't see all that much of him this fall, but when I did I noticed his body language enough that I mentioned it to our consultants.
"You said it, not me," said one. "But it's a problem. Especially for the position. I know there's been a lot of talk about it in video rooms, and maybe you buy into it, maybe not. But I know some guys have an issue with it."
One who did was an NFC scout who conceded he hadn't seen Mallett outside of three or four games on TV this season. He raved about Mallett's talent, but then he complained about his demeanor and football IQ.
"I'm not sure if he's a real confident kid," he said. "You know whom he reminds me of? Tim Couch. A talented kid who doesn't have the makeup to be great at that position. He may be a good quarterback at the next level, but that body language bothers me. Players don't respect a quarterback who gets down with each interception."
Tim Couch was the first pick of the 1999 draft. Ryan Mallett will not be the first pick of the 2011 draft. But he will be a first-round draft choice. He has an abundance of talent, and quarterbacks with his size, accuracy and talent are prized. But buyer, beware: It can be the intangibles that make a quarterback special, with Brady the best example. One head coach who worked him out prior to the 2000 draft told me that's where he and his team missed on the guy.
Maybe someone hits on Mallett; maybe not. All I know is that there are a couple of alarms that need to be addressed -- and will be in the coming months.
Rob Rang CBS Sports
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett announced he will enter the draft after a good performance against Ohio State Tuesday night. His arm strength is among the best in recent memory, but his long delivery allowed Buckeye performers to bat down one of his pass and intercept another late in the game. His deep ball accuracy is lacking, as well. His footwork is inconsistent, as he at times escaped the pocket but other times threw poor passes while stepping up to avoid pressure. Still, scouts love the big arm...and he's got that.
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The two faces of Ryan Mallett
Ryan Mallett played well enough to win and his team should have prevailed if not for an inordinate amount of passes that were dropped by his receivers. The first drop was probably the most costly when wide out Joe Adams failed to haul in a well-thrown deep strike over the middle that would have surely resulted in six points.
The same thing happened on the second play of the game with Mallett pump faking and stepping up in the pocket before unleashing a spot-on throw to freshman Julian Horton, who couldn’t hand on.
On a brighter note, down 7-0, the 6’7” Arkansas quarterback lobbed a marvelous and pinpoint accurate throw over Adams’ outside shoulder, leaving cornerback Travis Howard helpless on the fade route that tied up the game.
The big guy also showed he could make plays out of the pocket, as he did on a 10-yard completion under a bit of duress. However, on that throw, he was able to set his feet. When that wasn’t the case, Mallett’s passes were very much off the mark.
In addition, Mallett’s timing varied almost from throw to throw. There were times when he would quickly identify a wide open receiver getting off the line of scrimmage and hitting him stride. But, there were also moments when he took too long to get the ball out of his hand, as was the case on the aforementioned Heyward deflection.
Mallett’s biggest flaw seems to be how he often doesn’t anticipate a deep safety stepping into the route of his intended target. That’s exactly what happened in the final minute of the first half when he tossed it to Adams when the receiver beat his first man, but the quarterback didn’t see that his teammate was getting ready to pull up on his route thanks to oncoming safety roaming in path. The play nearly wound up resulting in an interception.
The rocket-armed quarterback came back five plays later to drive an absolute 21-yard dart in between defenders. Mallett has the arm to make stick throws with accuracy from a clean pocket.
But what separates average passers from the great ones in the NFL is how those players perform in congested areas with all kinds of defenders ready to pounce all over them.
The comparisons of Mallett to Ben Roethlisberger are comical since the young Razorback has neither the large frame nor the ability to make money throws in traffic.
The other problem facing the 22-year-old is that he trusts his arm too much and sometimes tries to blast his throws through coverage instead of going through his progressions or checking it down.
Right now, “Big Tex” is a project who does not see the entire field. His elite throwing skills and size suggest that he has what it takes to be a good or even very good starter. But throwing him in the fray too early would probably be a bad idea (see Clausen, Jimmy).
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Latest: The junior signal caller for the Razorbacks made it official Thursday Night that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft and forgo his last year of eligibility. There are question marks here, just like with any prospect in the nation, but the bottom line is this quarterback threw 62 touchdowns in the last two years combined and he did it in the SEC. Mallett lost a year of eligibility transferring from Michigan to Arkansas after his freshman season and he’s only had two full years as a starter, albeit against good competition. As with all of this year’s current quarterback prospects, Mallett’s draft stock was helped immensely by Andrew Luck’s decision to stay at Stanford.
Skinny: While there is debate as to where Mallett stacks up among all of the quarterbacks in college football, he is the clear-cut top pro prospect at the position among the junior class. Mallett has the classic cannon arm that will make scouts drool come pro-day time (expect him to pass on throwing at the Scouting Combine), but he needs to work on his touch and accuracy. Too many of his fastballs still sail high or find the turf. In addition to improving his completion percentage, Mallett can do a better job of allowing his receivers to make yards after the catch. It should be noted that the Arkansas product did a very good job of protecting the football in his first year as a starter in 2009; he had a better than four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also handles the ball and throws on the move better than you might think. The bottom line is that the Texarkana native is physically superior to the average quarterback—he can make throws that most college teams don’t even have in their playbook. Mallett was given leeway to audible at the line of scrimmage and the more he grows from the neck up, the higher his stock will go. At this point he is the most likely of the junior signal callers to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. The expectations are high for both Mallett and his Razorbacks in 2010.
2010: After starting his career in Ann Arbor as a Michigan Wolverine, Mallet bolted the Maize and Blue upon the arrival of Rich Rodriguez. Mallett returned to his native Arkansas to play for Bobby Petrino, who came up through the coaching ranks as a quarterbacks coach. The first thing that stands out about this Razorback is that everything about him is big. Standing at 6’7” and 235 pounds, the SEC signal caller possesses a cannon arm, one capable of making every NFL throw in the book…and some that aren’t. Mallett can get the ball into windows in coverage with an ease that most quarterbacks can only dream of. However, the Arkansas product is not all arm strength; he possesses light feet and excellent footwork for a man his size. After throwing for 30 touchdowns (only seven interceptions) and 3,624 yards some thought the red-shirt sophomore was right to test the NFL waters, but the broad-shouldered passer wisely returned to Arkansas for at least one more season. He still has issues with mechanics and accuracy that he needs to work on, and college is the place to do so. That being said, Mallett oozes with potential and with a big season he could be a top-10 selection. In fact, if all goes well he’ll join the race to be the number one overall selection in the 2011 Draft, should he declare following his junior season.
2009: A pocket passer with the howitzer arm to make any kind of throw, Ryan Mallett has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. He may not be very nimble when he’s forced outside the pocket, but he’s not afraid to stand in there a few extra seconds to deliver his throw. The 6’6-signal caller has a great feel for the rush and a quick release, which makes him difficult to get to. Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has a strong reputation for developing quarterbacks and his latest pupil seems to have all the tools required of the job. The Michigan transfer is well on his way to be being considered a future franchise quarterback at the next level.
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Ryan Mallett is a junior that is likely to declare. Mallett is 6'6 and has an absolute cannon for an arm. He could step into the league right now and battle for the strongest arm. He fits the mold of a true gunslinger: He wants to throw it every time, and will try to throw the football throw anything that gets between him and his receiver. Mallett is a pure pocket passer with great size, but with that comes the lack of ideal mobility. He is not a statue in the pocket, but as he gets older and adds some more weight to his frame, he is going to find it tough to escape the rush within the pocket. The biggest thing holding Mallett back at this point is still his decision making. He has some Brett Favre in him, thinking his arm strength will always prevail. He forces throws into coverage. It results in some amazing throws, but also results in game changing mistakes. At the pro level, the mistakes will out number the big plays because tight spaces are even tighter. When all is said and done, Mallett is not the top QB in the draft, but he is a first round pick, and a guy that could really pile up the passing yards in the right offense in the NFL.
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Positives: He has a truly amazing combination of size and arm strength, he can make any throw he wants to with his rocket arm. He has the ability to put the ball where-ever he wants, and when he has time to throw he can really carve up a defense. He flashes the ability to go through progressions and seems comfortable checking down if he doesn’t see much developing downfield. He can also be patient when he has time in the pocket to wait for crossers and longer developing routes. He also flashes some nice anticipation on certain throws (almost always his first read though).
Negatives: Mallett more than anything is inconsistent in my opinion. He flashes elite ability but it comes and goes. He will make some fantastic throws and place the ball exactly where he needs to and then later he will throw a fastball two or three feet over his receivers’ head, throw to the wrong shoulder or throw off of his back foot and throw an inaccurate pass. He isn’t very mobile and he struggles to scramble to extend plays. He struggles with footwork a lot, and doesn’t look very comfortable doing three, five and seven step drops. He loves throwing off balance without setting his feet, and does not do a very good job of moving in the pocket and re-setting his feet to deliver an accurate throw. He also makes a lot more bad decisions than one might think considering his interception total. He could have easily had four interceptions against LSU (he had two), two against Georgia (he had none) and four against Alabama (he had three). He made a number of bad decisions in each of those games, a number of bad, off-balance throws and forced throws into coverage. He makes those poor decisions far too often, and he doesn’t make enough NFL progressions and throws in each game to make me comfortable with the risks he takes. The majority of his throws are easy throws underneath, screens or check-downs. There is also a serious concern that he could be a system QB, after all Brian Brohm was when he carved defenses up at Louisville when Petrino coached there. The best evidence for that idea is that Mallett’s back-up, Tyler Wilson, stepped in against Auburn this year when Mallett went down and threw for 332 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and completed 73.5% of his passes. That makes my “system QB” alarm go off.
Overall: Mallett has a boatload of potential. If he can clean up his footwork, improve his decision making, eliminate some of his erratic accuracy (which starts with footwork more than anything) and adjust to a pro-style offense then he could be a quality NFL QB. However, that is a laundry list of pretty difficult things for a QB prospect to do. I worry that he is a system QB, I don’t like his questionable decision making, his inconsistent accuracy and ball placement, and I don’t like how many easy throws he is asked to make all game versus NFL throws that require timing, zip and accuracy. I personally think Mallett is overrated as a NFL prospect.
Projection: I would be surprised if Mallett didn’t go in the first round because of his immense potential, but I don’t think he will ever live up to it. I think he is a top 20 pick and while he may seem like a top 10 lock right now he may slide as teams start to dissect his tape more intently. I personally wouldn’t draft him in round one, but I don’t think he is anything close to a franchise QB either.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
ARM STRENGTH: 5.0
DECISION MAKING: 2.5
POCKET AWARENESS: 3.5
Tom Melton Sugar Bowl Review
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas- Mallett had a bit of a tough night. He had his ups and downs and his receivers dropped at least five catchable balls, some of them which would have been big plays, but he had his share of very inaccurate throws himself. He was routinely pressured, so credit Ohio State’s defensive line and blitz packages for that, but he did not do a good job of finding hot reads and getting the ball out quickly in this game. He held onto the ball too long and eventually had to take a sack or throw an off balance pass that was either somewhat catchable or in the dirt. He has a pretty good sense of when to move up in the pocket when the pressure is getting there, but once the pressure forces him out of the pocket he was not accurate in this game. He had no interceptions all season when throwing outside of the pocket until this game when he threw his only interception of the night late in the fourth quarter after being forced outside the pocket yet again. He had a number of impressive throws in this game though, particularly on fade routes. He showed nice touch, good arm strength and impressive accuracy to put the ball on the right shoulder and where only his receiver could make a play on it a number of times on fade routes. However, he had a few bad decisions too like he always does. He isn’t afraid to throw into double coverage and even without his feet set he is sure he can throw the ball pretty much wherever he wants, which isn’t always the case. His footwork still leaves a lot to be desired for this reason, because when he sets his feet he can put the ball wherever he wants it thanks to his terrific arm strength and good (but inconsistent) accuracy.
Like Jay Cutler, when he is on he is really on, and can sling the ball all over the field. But he was noticeably frustrated against Ohio State because his receivers dropped some passes they really should have caught, and it culminated with Mallett forcing a pass into coverage and getting picked off by a defensive end dropping into coverage. Suffice it to say, I’m still not a Ryan Mallett fan. I think his ceiling in the NFL is a Jay Cutler type of QB who can really sling it when he is having a good day, but unless he improves his footwork he will always be inconsistent from game to game and season to season. However, Mallett’s floor is also a low one in my opinion, because I have no idea what kind of character he possesses and I have heard there are a number of scouts and GM’s who have significant enough problems with his character to not have him on their draft board at all. If these rumors are true and Mallett turns out to have character issues (not because of off-field incidents, but more like Jimmy Clausen’s character issues about being too cocky/arrogant, etc.) then I think it will hurt him on draft day like it did Clausen.
I’m still unimpressed with Mallett as a leader and as a “clutch” player late in games because I still don’t think I have seen him get the ball late in a game and methodically drive his team down the field for a late touchdown or field goal to take the lead. The announcers mentioned a three play, 73 yard touchdown drive before the punt block occurred, but that is a misleading statistic. The first two throws on that drive were pretty easy throws to open receivers, and the third throw, while impressively placed between the cornerback and the safety down the sideline, was caught by Greg Childs who made the safety miss and then was clear to jog into the end zone for the final 30+ yards of the drive to take the lead. Not exactly a magical drive from Mallett I wouldn’t say. Anyways, I was wondering if he had it in him to make a couple of good decisions and throws in this game to win it late (even though they got really lucky with the short field from the punt block) but a dropped pass and then an off balance throw that was easily intercepted by a defensive end took care of that threat. Because Mallett is not a proven “winner” in my opinion I don’t see him developing into one once he gets to the NFL. There are too many things going against him: Poor footwork, inconsistent accuracy/ball placement, inconsistent decision making, potential character concerns, little experience leading come-backs late in the 4th quarter and significant evidence to say that he is a “System Quarterback” given the fact that none of the QB’s Petrino has coached in his system have gone on to have NFL success. I said earlier this year that I thought Knile Davis was the best prospect on Arkansas’ offense and I still feel that way. It will be interesting to see how the draft process unfolds for Mallett, and even though I’m not a fan I would feel like a jerk if I didn’t wish him good luck the rest of the way. Honestly, he may need it.
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
What I saw from Mallett in the Sugar Bowl only reinforced the concerns I had after watching film of his games against Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. His release and arm strength allow him to make some jaw-dropping throws, but Mallett's overall lack of mobility hinders his accuracy significantly.
Mallett stands 6-6 and needs room in the pocket to use his long legs to step into throws. When he is not given room to step up in the pocket, his lead leg locks up and balls sail, and he doesn't have the foot quickness to reset in the pocket and look for his second and third reads. Most of Mallett's interceptions are the result of hurried throws and bad decisions under pressure, and any team that drafts him must have a good offensive line in place if it hopes to help Mallett reach his full potential.
In my mind his shortcomings bring his grade down into the late first round, but the NFL is a quarterback-driven league and his upside, arm strength and ability to throw downfield with touch will likely have him off the board much earlier.