Friday, April 22, 2011
Malletting us Down
Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett canceled a pre-draft meeting with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 apparently after too much partying the night before. Brad Briggs of the National Football Post reported that Mallett was “out on the town late” the night before. This story has been supported by multiple sources. J.R. Carroll, Mallett’s agent, contends that Mallett was genuinely sick and that “Ryan was in his hotel room by about 10 o’clock”. Carroll also said that Mallett did have a meeting in the morning of the 9th but then had to cancel the rest of the day’s planned activities because of his illness.
Regardless of the reason behind Mallett’s decision to cancel it was a bad decision. Who cancels a job interview when there are millions of dollars to be made or lost? Especially when his job is supposed to be one of, if not the most, mentally and physically demanding positions in professional sports. Although he seemed to overcome setbacks by his admitted past drug use and his 2009 arrest for public intoxication, he may have slid back dramatically personally and in the draft. Teams will not want to invest substantial amounts of money in a kid that can’t make the right decisions.
Despite being one of the most talented quarterbacks in this year’s draft, Mallett’s most recent poor decision may have dropped him from being the third for fourth to the fifth or even sixth quarterback taken in the draft.