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NFL Combine: Did This Press Session Hurt Ryan Mallett’s Draft Status?

Quarterback Ryan Mallett is big (6-7, 250), has a great arm, put up big numbers for Arkansas against SEC competition, took them to the Sugar Bowl this past season, and did all under a coach (Bobby Petrino) who knows how to develop quarterbacks. He even impressed scouts in throwing drills at the NFL combine.

So why do many seem so unsure of Mallett? Well, that would be the dreaded “character questions” label, and common thought was that in his media session yesterday, he did little to dispel them. The main reason: he declined to answer questions about allegations of drug use, saying he wanted to keep his responses on the matter between himself and teams with whom he interviewed.

It’s a strange thing, though – my partner in crime Dan Fogarty and I both watched Mallett’s press session, and we both agreed that something just seemed off about Mallett and his responses – even though we didn’t think that was totally fair, since neither of us could quite put our finger on it. We weren’t sure if our impressions were merely tainted by all the questions surrounding Mallett, or whether what we were noticing – whatever it was – was legitimate.

The closest I can come to explaining it was that Mallett had a cocky look and sound to him during the 7 1/2 minutes you’ll see of him below – which is of course not nearly a fair basis on which to judge him as a person. And yet – if I were part of a team potentially making a multi-million-dollar investment in the guy, I’d have to acknowledge it. And whether the perception is legitimate or largely a byproduct of the drug rumors, the fact that those rumors exist will likely hurt Mallett when the draft comes around. Check out the video below and see if you can see what Dan and I are seeing – or think we’re seeing, anyway.

  • james

    Didn’t seem bad to me,just a young man tired of answering the same ignorant questions over and over again.

  • Mruffin3

    People are really reaching to bash Mallett. I thought he did well given the circumstances. I think people are uncomfortable with a QB that sounds more like Vanilla Ice than Tom Brady.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I think you’re definitely right the “sounds like Vanilla Ice” thing isn’t helping him.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I think you’re definitely right the “sounds like Vanilla Ice” thing isn’t helping him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGWTRYF5YT4ZKQDLI4K6HJR5Q4 BJ

    You can tell that some of what he’s saying is inconsistent. It’s smart that he avoids discussion. I just don’t care for his attitude and approach to the circumstances. It’s best to say as few words as possible as something you don’t want to talk about. And he should certainly take a speech class so he knows how to conduct himself better in front of the media, who writes his words as they are spoken, to be interpreted later as jumbled and trite.

  • Sareptacat

    i agree with james–lies and more lies dont equal the truth–pass on this guy if u want -maybe my team get him.

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