After New England selected him in the third round of last weekend’s NFL draft, former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said that the Patriots are a “perfect fit,” and then made reference to how he and Tom Brady “are kind of the same.”
“I think it’s a perfect fit after watching film with the coaches when I was there,” Mallett told the Providence Journal. “And me and Tom are kind of the same. We’re not fleet of foot, obviously. We don’t run fast. We pick defenses apart and we know what’s going to happen before the snap or we react post snap and that’s why I think I’m like him a lot.”
There will be some who think Mallett is being arrogant with his comments. I get that, although I think he’s being genuine more than he’s actually (even literally) comparing himself to Brady. In other words, I don’t think he’s saying: I’m a multiple Super Bowl winner and a bona fide Hall of Famer. I think he’s just finding a way to relate to the person who will have a hand molding his future. And who better to model your pro career after than Tom Brady? If there’s ever a time to put the mistakes you’ve made in the past behind you and look towards the future, it’s after you’ve been drafted by the New England freaking Patriots and are about to be Tom Brady’s backup.
Mallett couldn’t have wound up in a better situation. Let’s not discount the fact that he’s only 22-years-old and by the time the Patriots ask him to take over the keys of their offense (if that day ever comes), he’ll be more mature than he is now. Plus, he won’t make anywhere close to the money he would have made had he been taken in the first round, and there’s zero pressure on him to succeed right away.
He will be coached up by one of the best staffs in the NFL and Brady won’t tolerate Mallett coming in acting like it’s his show. In 8-10 years, we could be looking back at this year’s quarterback class and saying how Mallett flourished more than those signal callers taken before him.
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