Ryan Mallett Reportedly Admitted to Drug Use During Draft Interview

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is thought to have the best arm in the draft, but he’s also facing obstacles in gaining approval from NFL teams. There have been some serious character concerns for Mallett, including his rough interactions with the media which drew comparisons to Ryan Leaf. Additionally, there have been widespread rumors about Mallett’s drug use throughout college and an analyst saying Mallett is a “Caucasian street guy” like Eminem or Vanilla Ice. Even Mallett’s coach at Arkansas, Bobby Petrino, tried to improve Mallett’s slang because of concerns over image and appearance.

Though Petrino and Mallett have defended his character, a report from Pro Football Weekly says the young quarterback actually admitted to drug use during a draft interview.

“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. … [Mallett] 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.

Mallett has admitted he was immature in college, which certainly points to partying and/or potential drug use. If he did admit to drug use during interviews, that’s between him and the teams. I would look at that as a sign of honesty and trust, and I would applaud him for being open to them. But that’s not what matters. What really matters is whether or not he’s mature now and ready to be a franchise quarterback and team leader. That’s what NFL teams have to determine for the future. Right now, I would be somewhat skeptical.

via CBS Sports

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  • http://twitter.com/zeke_ulrey Zeke Ulrey

    This report — long since buried by Mallett apologists — surprises ANYONE?

    “What really matters is whether or not he’s mature now and ready to be a franchise quarterback and team leader.”

    I understand, but his combine interview, badly performed day with John Gruden (John Daly? Really?) and inability to directly address ANY of this tells you what you need to know about Mallett’s character, maturity and accountability.

    Falling in love with Mallett’s arm and calling it “good,” is like losing all objectivity because of a car’s paint job: Neither the car or Mallett will be as shiny once you have to depend on it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGXAMBOAXHXGMQHGXD3E36OZB4 love2smileagain

    hes just a kid -give him a chance or heyyyyyyyy let him fall to team who will benefit

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure Ryan Mallet is the 1st quarterback ever to use drugs and like to party. There is no way possible that he could ever be a franchise quarterback with his behavior.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TQJYUGEL3WQH53Z5C5U4LYF64M charles reynolds

    Whoever made the analyst was that made the “Caucasian street guy” comment was ignorant. Maybe his image is not yet polished enough for corporate appearances yet. However, it’s not the 50’s nor is this a Disney movie. Athletes of all races hangout together, listen to what’s popular out there and speak with some of the same slang. Mallett was involved in the party scene at UM as I’m sure he was at Arkansas. This could be said about most of these guys and the majority of college students in general. So, yes, maybe the maturity level isn’t there quite yet in terms of leading an NFL team. However, have you seen him throw a football?? Go ahead and sleep on that kind of talent…

  • http://profiles.google.com/sansuig9000db Ezekiel Ulrey

    “However, have you seen him throw a football??”


    I’ve also seen Ryan Leaf, Jeff George, JeMarcus Russell, and any number of big armed washouts.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGXAMBOAXHXGMQHGXD3E36OZB4 love2smileagain

    zeke is such a hater–all over the web with his negative comments of mallett–whats his problem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1798249279 Clem Hooten

    Zeke, you are one fancy, shined up, P.O.S., cell phone salesman.  Your name will be removed from the walk, you freaking poser.

  • Zeke

    Mallett’s (lack of) performance.