Few have necessary traits to draft, coach quarterbacks
Interesting article where he breaks down three areas he thinks are key in evaluating a QB.
System - Physical skills - Leadership
He concludes with projecting Ryan Mallett and Blaine Gabbert as the most likely to succeed.
Not comforting he thought so highly of Blaine while so many arm chair GMs were correctly pointing out his critical flaws, but...
It just emphasizes the need for a new QB to come into a stable situation.
System and staff with some talent upfront for protection and talent to throw to.
In some ways, Gabbert entered a perfect storm of dysfunction.
In reality, as Coach Walsh said, few can evaluate these areas correctly. And the more evaluators a team has involved in the process, the chance for a misevaluation increases. More evaluations just means more opinions -- it never results in a better way to reduce errors. As someone once said, they never dedicated a monument to a committee. When there is a committee evaluating quarterbacks, chances run high that mistakes will be made.
Don't be fooled by what teams say about draft prospects
What I know:
In spite of all the perceived off-the-field issues, many of them not accurate, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will be a first-round pick and might be gone before the 15th overall. Teams that wanted to pick Mallett at the bottom of the first round now realize he is not going to reach them.
Some teams took risks on QBs that could haunt them for years
Patriots:More praise for Mallett while frowning on the Niners choice of Kaepernick...
For the past two months, I have been a Ryan Mallett fan. I understand he has some off-the-field issues, but from my research, he loves football, prepares to play well and wants to succeed. For New England to get him in the third round is amazing and indicates Bill Belichick might be coaching the Patriots for the next 10 years. Mallett was the last quarterback picked of seven to go in the first three rounds. The other six teams better hope he was not the best of the bunch. He was rated the No. 1 quarterback on the Patriots' board.
"Kaepernick will take some time to develop. Even when that happens, I am not sure he is a starter."
Ouch. In his defense, the NFL is changing pretty rapidly.
The adaptation of pro offenses to these QBs college ones has changed the game.
Mobility is a more coveted skill set then ever before.
That has to have changed his take on Mallett to some degree.
But that still a pretty far off projection of Kaepernick.
Not to mention completely missing on how large the character & mobility factors on Mallett's stock would be.
Rookie QBs show promise in first preseason action
Mallett:Small bits of what his thinking was in 11' but I've come away more convinced that he's going to make a play for Mallett.
Looking good In New England's Thursday night win over Jacksonville, Ryan Mallett played like the first overall pick in the draft, not a third-rounder. He was quick-minded with the football and accurate on every level. He put the ball in the end zone and looked like a 10-year veteran running the two-minute drill. Mallett clearly showed to everyone he was not a third-round talent. According to my sources, he has been a great person and teammate in New England. Mallett was by far the best rookie quarterback and will get a huge amount of work this week in Tampa. Mallett is involved in a steep competition for the backup job in New England as current No. 2 Brian Hoyer also played really well. The third-year pro has the look of a bona fide NFL starter.
If he liked Mallett that much coming out of Arkansas with the character baggage as a mid first round pick, I think it's safe to say he likes him after 2 years learning under HOFers Brady and Belichick.
What's changed some is the demand for mobility and the adpation of the spread & spread option.
He also made it clear that he didn't think Weeden was worthy of a first round pick after the draft.
He was further critical of him late in the season but that may have been a case of confirmation bias.
As might have been his heavy praise of Mallett in the pre season but... this is the guy making the personnel decisions.
I don't think BB drafted Mallett with the idea of him succeeding Brady whatsoever.
It was for just this scenario-to flip it into more picks.
It's one option out of many but it's looking very probable to me and I'm not sure how many other viable candidates are out there if he's trying to make a move this off season.