Re: Does Mallett get traded this year?
posted at 2/8/2014 7:51 AM EST
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to ghostofjri37's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
I can't see anyone ponying up anything of value for the guy at this point...gm's can't go around handing over 2nd round picks for qb's that have been in the league three years and done nothing...not unless they want to be fired. I wish we were able to get something for this guy last year.
What was he supposed to do in those 3 years behind Brady?
As opposed to spending a 1st on guys like Matt Leinart, Patrick Ramsey, Brady Quinn, Kyle Boller, J P Losman, Tommy Maddox, Vince Young, David Carr, Joey harrington, Jim Druckenmiller, Tim Couch, Cade McNown, Akili Smith, JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf and I'm sure the many more i missed.
If you are evaluating the class of QB's coming out this year against Malletts resume at Arkansas and in NE tell me what seperates someone like Bridgewater at Louisville this year and Mallett. For me it was malletts maturity and if he didn't progress in that area BB would have got rid of him long ago. I would agree that a second might be out of the question but if I am a team in desperate need of a QB I would rather spend a 3rd or 4th and gamble on a 1st round talent who has tutored under one of the best QB's all time than gamble a 1st on a QB that could turn out like one of the QB's on my list.
What was he supposed to do in the three years behind Brady? How about not throw balls at receiver's feet in preseason games? Of how about not sail balls over receivers heads in preseason games? Or how about extend drives? Or show some consistency/improvement?
I know it's preseason games...I know he's in there with the backups, but the guy is also facing backups...it evens things out a little bit. The guy has a strong arm...guess what? A lot of QBs in the NFL do. The guy was successful in college and didn't get drafted as high as some experts thought...guess what? That describes almost every guy ever drafted that didn't go in the first round.
And the difference between giving a pick for Mallet vs. all those quaterbacks you mentioned is this - Mallet was a third round pick - the guys you mentioned were rookies who weren't already drafted by another team and had done nothing in their three year career. Any GM that gives the Patriots more than a third for him is risking their job if that doesn't work out, because they will be handing a higher pick than the guy was drafted at...without that guy ever showing a thing that would warrant it in the NFL. That's a big big risk for any GM.
Mallett was graded a 1st round talent in that draft. Being an immature punk cost him to fall to the 3rd round not talent. All reports out of foxboro say the kid has cleaned up his act and has gone above and beyond putting in the work he needs to.
To your point about GM's and risking a 3rd versus a 1st... I would rather risk a 3rd on a player who has the same college pedigree or perhaps a better one than any QB coming out in this years draft. For my money there aren't any Andrew Lucks in this years draft or for that matter Russell Wilsons. Tedy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Manziel and the rest of the QB class in my opinion does not have the same hit probability that Luck or the others had 2 years ago. If we are talking risk on the unknown I would prefer to spend my 1st round pick on a known commodity and risk the 3rd round pick on the QB. For my money missing on 1st round QB ends up setting your franchise back a very long time... see Jax, Oak. Personally I prefer they keep him as an insurance policy. My point was I believe there is value with him or they would have jettisoned him by now.