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07:00 AM ET 04.30 | The Patriots selected Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, who has first-round tools, perhaps the best in the draft outside of Cam Newton, but also the most red flags. Besides a public intoxication charge in 2009 at Arkansas, Mallett was rumored to have used drugs in college. Two personnel executives with teams looking for a quarterback said that in predraft interviews Mallett admitted to only using marijuana. ???We didn???t believe him,?????? one of the executives said. The other hinted as much. There are no concerns about Mallett's love of football. When he???s in the building, at practice and on game day, the son of a high school coach is all in. It's the other hours that concerned teams. "Things just aren't right with him," one NFL executive said. "Has the drugs and alcohol stuff. He can be a hothead. Carries himself like the 6-7 Eminem. He's just a different dude. Maybe they can keep him in check. They can take that risk. We can't."

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April 30, 2011  07:07 AM ET

I remember when the Redskins passed on Warren Sapp because he smoked week in college. I wish the Redskins would have spent a pick on Mallet and taken the chance. Of course all we would be reading about today is what a bad pick it would have been. Since the Pats drafted him, they already want to shoot a documentary. Trust me, you'll be tired of hearing his name by weeks end.

Screw character!! I don't want the guy to date my sister, just score touchdowns

April 30, 2011  07:56 AM ET

Because he looks like Opie Taylor?

April 30, 2011  08:24 AM ET

If this guy had the opportunity to go somewhere where he could start, he would have a more significant impact than $cam.

April 30, 2011  08:33 AM ET

I hope he does well, he can learn allot by having sitting for a few years, worth the risk.

April 30, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Carries himself like the 6-7 Eminem.


What?

April 30, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Every team that passed on this kid is gonna regret, he is the only one in this class that really wows me when I watch him play. So what if he smoked some weed in college and possibly did more, I'd hate to break it to that NFL exectuive but i'd put the odds are about 99% that whoever they did draft smoked weed or drank a lot of alcohol in COLLEGE too, probably did more... big deal. Experimenting with drugs a little and drinking wouldn't concern me that much cause 99% of college students grow out of that.... but not to knock Newton, stealing would concern me a whole lot more... stealing shows a criminal mentality.
Also did anyone watch Grudens QB show, Mallett is a football geek man.... he went on and on about plays and some teams said they tried to stump him on playcalling and they couldn't... Where Newton called plays like "36" that's it. Anyways since I'm a Pats fan I'm stoked they got Mallett.. could be Brady's replacement in a few years if he decides to hang it up, or in the short term is a great option as a backup.

April 30, 2011  08:55 AM ET

This pick is interesting. If there had been a conspiracy by the league, that is exactly the team they would have wanted him to go to.

If he can not make it in that environment and with that coaching staff, he will not make it anywhere. Sort of like a probationary period where his willingness to change will be tested. If he grows up he will have a shot to start eventually somewhere, maybe even in NE in a few years. But if not there someone will take him if he has demonstrated that he can put aside his personal problems and grow into a man.

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April 30, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I remember when the Redskins passed on Warren Sapp because he smoked week in college. I wish the Redskins would have spent a pick on Mallet and taken the chance. Of course all we would be reading about today is what a bad pick it would have been. Since the Pats drafted him, they already want to shoot a documentary. Trust me, you'll be tired of hearing his name by weeks end. Screw character!! I don't want the guy to date my sister, just score touchdowns

Marino is still a legend in Western Pa. for his partying. And not just alcohol.

April 30, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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i'm sure the pats will straighten him right out !...........there's no ''divas'' in their locker-room [like = ocho-sinco, T.O.] !

Yup... if he has "flaws", they will get corrected in NE - or he will be gone in a hurry.

April 30, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Marino is still a legend in Western Pa. for his partying. And not just alcohol.

Why I thought the Dolphins were taking him for sure when they traded up in the 3rd... Mallett does resemble Marino: rocket arm, pretty accurate, statue in the pocket and possibly a coke head. Dolphins and Redskins (even though he doesn't really fit a Shannahan offense) I think will be two teams that regret letting him get by them, guess they are content with Chad Henne and Rex Grossman going forward... or whatever washed up FA they may bring in.

April 30, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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Why I thought the Dolphins were taking him for sure when they traded up in the 3rd... Mallett does resemble Marino: rocket arm, pretty accurate, statue in the pocket and possibly a coke head. Dolphins and Redskins (even though he doesn't really fit a Shannahan offense) I think will be two teams that regret letting him get by them, guess they are content with Chad Henne and Rex Grossman going forward... or whatever washed up FA they may bring in.

I have to agree with you. Good post.

April 30, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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Every team that passed on this kid is gonna regret, he is the only one in this class that really wows me when I watch him play. So what if he smoked some weed in college and possibly did more, I'd hate to break it to that NFL exectuive but i'd put the odds are about 99% that whoever they did draft smoked weed or drank a lot of alcohol in COLLEGE too, probably did more... big deal. Experimenting with drugs a little and drinking wouldn't concern me that much cause 99% of college students grow out of that.... but not to knock Newton, stealing would concern me a whole lot more... stealing shows a criminal mentality. Also did anyone watch Grudens QB show, Mallett is a football geek man.... he went on and on about plays and some teams said they tried to stump him on playcalling and they couldn't... Where Newton called plays like "36" that's it. Anyways since I'm a Pats fan I'm stoked they got Mallett.. could be Brady's replacement in a few years if he decides to hang it up, or in the short term is a great option as a backup.

Excellent man! Mallett can sit like Arron Rodgers did, will be well school,
Party on, Go Patriots!

April 30, 2011  10:21 AM ET

He used drugs in college?!? Heaven forfend!

April 30, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I remember when the Redskins passed on Warren Sapp because he smoked week in college. I wish the Redskins would have spent a pick on Mallet and taken the chance. Of course all we would be reading about today is what a bad pick it would have been. Since the Pats drafted him, they already want to shoot a documentary. Trust me, you'll be tired of hearing his name by weeks end. Screw character!! I don't want the guy to date my sister, just score touchdowns

Show me one individual in US who did not use drugs once in his life. Kids always try things out of curiosity. I think Red Skins are stupid to pass on him. Yes thay passes on Sapp and he kicked them in the A... numerous times. I remember Schottenheimer drafted Shoot who had the same reputation and look how much shoot contributed to the Skin. Schottenheimer is a real man Shanny wears the Skirt.

April 30, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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Every team that passed on this kid is gonna regret, he is the only one in this class that really wows me when I watch him play. So what if he smoked some weed in college and possibly did more, I'd hate to break it to that NFL exectuive but i'd put the odds are about 99% that whoever they did draft smoked weed or drank a lot of alcohol in COLLEGE too, probably did more... big deal. Experimenting with drugs a little and drinking wouldn't concern me that much cause 99% of college students grow out of that.... but not to knock Newton, stealing would concern me a whole lot more... stealing shows a criminal mentality. Also did anyone watch Grudens QB show, Mallett is a football geek man.... he went on and on about plays and some teams said they tried to stump him on playcalling and they couldn't... Where Newton called plays like "36" that's it. Anyways since I'm a Pats fan I'm stoked they got Mallett.. could be Brady's replacement in a few years if he decides to hang it up, or in the short term is a great option as a backup.

I agree and I applaud belichick. You guys in New England are lucky, you have real coach.

April 30, 2011  11:10 AM ET

It's not that he drank and did drugs. It's the fact that he, as a start athlete, was not smart enough to get away with it. Even the dumb ones don't get caught this early ...

April 30, 2011  11:10 AM ET

... or "star" athlete ...

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