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Analysis of Ridley, Mallett picks

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 29, 2011 09:43 PM

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Analysis of third-round pick (A), LSU RB Stevan Ridley

  • Like Shane Vereen, a junior entry.
  • 5-11 ¼, 225, 4.64
  • Started nine games in his career. A North-South runner with quick-cut ability.
  • Had 1,147 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns in 2010.
  • Played both tailback and fullback for the Tigers. Also, gunner on special teams.
  • Has shown catching ability but wasn’t asked to do it.
  • The Patriots obviously have a crowded backfield with Green-Ellis, Woodhead, Vereen and not Ridley. The team will likely just let them play and see who can do what. Impossible to tell what kind of role he’s going fill right now.

Analysis of third-round pick (B), QB Ryan Mallett

  • The slowest combine 40 time (5.37) of an quarterback in the past 22 years.
  • Huge arm and accuracy. Reminds most scouts of Drew Bledsoe. “Except with issues,” one executive said.
  • Was arrested for public intoxication at Arkansas in 2009.
  • Two league executives said Mallett admitted to using marijuana in pre-draft interviews but “didn’t believe him,” one said.
  • Loves football but not known for being a worker.
  • Teammates liked him and he was a leader on the field.
  • Bottom line is Mallett has great tools and if he stays on the straight and narrow, then the Patriots have their future quarterback or they can deal him. There’s low risk. If he acts up, then they can cut him with no hit.
  • Patriots locker room is strong enough to sustain any possible disruptions.
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