There is a wide range of opinions on Ryan Mallett, ranging from he's got the arm and the brains to be an elite quarterback, to he's another Derek Anderson. So, we've got five categories on which to grade Mallett -- here they are and my take on them.
Intelligence - All there, can read a defense, great at checking down for a college QB -- hits 3rd and 4th WRs, and spots a blitz quickly.
Leadership - Petrino raves about Mallett's leadership, and I haven't heard otherwise
Attitude - other than the way he talks, I haven't heard anyone bring up issues. He had an underage drinking charge or something.
Accuracy - Very accurate when his footwork is correct.
Arm Strength - unquestioned, rare arm strength
Arm Mechanics - Ranging opinions, but most scouting reports I've read rate his mechanics as a non-issue. Throws over-the-top.
Playbook - Plays in Petrino's offense, which is pro-style.
Footwork - very poor...he often puts his weight on his back foot and sails a ball for an interception -- most of his picks are due to poor footwork, not accuracy.
Mobility - Not fast, but he feels pressure VERY well and gets the ball away. Can Maneuver in the pocket. Peyton/Eli Manning style "mobility".
Summary: Excellent prospect with poor footwork. If we had a coach that corrected his so-so footwork, he's an elite quarterback...all the other tools are there.
A question I have for the WZ is whether he can play in a West Coast Offense -- thoughts?
[ Edited by nickbradley on Dec 27, 2010 at 13:27:01 ]