Originally posted by SF69ers:Originally posted by chinawildman:
First off, great job and way to stick your neck out on picks that you believe in instead of just obeying the words of Kiper and co. We actually agree on alot of stuff as I think Mallett looks tons better than Gabbert, and also believe that Amukamara is nowhere close to being the prospect that Peterson is.
I've actually been doing quite a bit of homework on Ryan Mallett and it's too bad that the media has been giving him such a bad rap. If anyone actually bothers to do some research and watch some tapes on him, they'll realize that Mallett is the most natural passer in this draft, has VERY GOOD accuracy, and can move in the pocket to evade rushers.
What I also like about Mallett is that he ALWAYS has his eyes down the field and always GOES FOR IT, whereas Gabbert does that little run backwards towards the sidelines thing a la Smith. Also watch the interview with Gruden, sure he sounds all hip hop or whatever, but compare his charting and explanation of the play to that of Jake Locker. Not even close, Gruden was actually interested in what Mallett had to say, whereas he just had this puzzled look when Locker was talking.
I personally would have no problem with Mallett at #7... Harbaugh never said he wanted an ATHLETE at QB, he said he values athletic INSTINCTS. Watch tape of all the highly ranked QBs and tell me who you think looks instinctual playing the game.
Do you actually have access to the "tape" or do you watch it from YouTube? Honest question. I watched most of Mallett's games the past two years and I agree that the guy is talented and that he's more pro ready than Gabbert. He doesn't have as much potential, but the talent level is definitely there. His accuracy is good when given time. That's the key, you have to give him time. Once there is pressure, his accuracy drops and he tends to force passes. He's also not as quick in the pocket as you make it seem. He's long legged and heavy footed. The speed of an NFL defense is going to make a living beating on Mallett unless he has a good o-line in front of him. You say Harbs never said he wanted an "Athletic" QB, and you're right, but he pretty much eluded to it. He's coached Josh Johnson and Andrew Luck, and scouted Blaine Gabbert. All those QBs are pretty athletic. Most of the top QBs in this draft have a pretty high level of athleticism, so why would we settle for the one that is statuesque in the pocket?
Mallett at #7 would be a huge mistake with all the top players available at that spot like Peterson (not likely), Quinn, and Amukamara. Mallett's value, according to some of the big boards from analysts is around the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd round. If we really wanted him, we'd try to make a trade back up for him. If not, Quinn/Amukamara in the 1st and Dalton/Kaep in the 2nd is a much better option than Mallett at #7.
The bold is a huge misconception of all QB's. Look at Kurt Warner and other slow QB's. I just want a QB that knows when to shift around more than how fast he does it. Brady is jokingly slow but he knows when to move. Same with Manning.