Former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett continues to slide down NFL draft boards due to his alleged past.
A potential first-round draft pick, Mallett faced questions at the NFL scouting combine because of an article on www.101espn.com. Tony Softli, a former NFL executive in Carolina and St. Louis, wrote “heavy rumors of drug use and possible addiction kept him from coming out for the 2010 draft. A lot of people are comparing Mallett to Ryan Leaf.”
Mallett tried to deflect the rumors without denying them, saying they were beyond his control, but alleged an ulterior motive in the timing of the story.
“Obviously somebody did it for a reason, right before the combine, right before the draft,” Mallett said. “That’s the last I’m going to talk about it, though. I’ve talked to the teams. It’s all good.”
At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Mallett may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft and said he can throw the football “80-plus” yards.