Former Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett reportedly admitted to experimenting with drugs during his team interviews at the 2011 NFL Combine.
Mallett has been dogging the rumors for some time and was a bit unsettled when the issue was pressed by members of the media that same weekend.
Ths news comes by way of Pro Football Weekly. Nolan Nawrocki wrote the following about Mallett in a story published Monday afternoon.
“One GM said Mallett was the first quarterback ever to admit his drug usage to him in interviews, and his willingness to be honest about his past and acknowledge issues is viewed as a positive.
Concerns about his history of use could impact his draft position, though. Although Mallett did not produce an official positive test at Arkansas, he has been arrested for public intoxication and carries a reputation as a “big party guy,” per sources who have interviewed him.
How much teams believe he has matured will weigh into his draft status. “I would not take him at any point,” one executive not in need of a quarterback said. He still figures to be drafted in the second round.”
This new information could prove pretty damaging in the eyes of the public and could be costly for his draft prospects. Teams may shy away from a possible PR problem. But his candor and honesty could also be a plus.
The biggest problem that will follow the talented signal-caller is his alleged partying ways. With all that attention and money, temptations will lurk at just about every turn he makes.
If a team is set on drafting him, they will do so with their eyes wide open. He brings an incredible arm and ability to move the ball down the field. He has some growing up to do in some evaluators eyes.
Ultimately though, it is reasonable to believe there is some negative impact with the release of the recent information. Just recently his former coach at Arkansas, Bobby Petrino came to his aid stating Mallett never tested positive for drugs while playing for the Razorbacks.
“I don’t know where all of [it] came from,” Petrino told ESPN. “All I can judge is how he did for us. He did a great job for us. He was a guy you love having in your program, not only as a great player, but he represented our program great.
Several stories have recently come out supporting Mallett’s good nature. It seems as though his personality is not so much in question as is the future choices he could make.
The kid has a hell of an arm, there is no question. But there are still questions to be answered.