I love this pick and really hope the kid does well for everyone's sake. But recognize this is fraught with risk. The riskiest period may be right now until the labor situation is resolved, during which he could dearly use a babysitter but won't have one. A lot of down time and the stuff he's been associated with, fairly or not, do not mix well. I hope he understands that he is one significant screw up from his NFL career being over before it starts. Weed, blow, a DWI -- he'll quickly be cut, and then even Jerry Jones won't touch him.
Leave it to the contrarian BB to view the risks differently. A day or two ago, in a press conference, BB basically said that the team has been playing with fire by going only with 2 QBs recently. This is, he said, a recipe for jeoparding the season. You have to figure he never found 3 worth keeping, but now that has obviously changed.
This should be very exciting for all of us. Hope it's not too exciting.
EDIT -- there are QB "problems", and then there are QB problems. Via PFT.com --
So it’s still a need for the Dolphins, one they will try to fill with a veteran. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says they tried to fill the need with Ryan Mallett in the third round, before the Patriots took him.
“We were willing to take him, we just couldn’t get our hands on him,” a source told Salguero. ”We tried, but we couldn’t do it. He’s going to be a good quarterback.”
Hmm. They couldn’t have tried that hard. Miami didn’t see Mallett as someone worth taking in the first two rounds, so it seems odd they wanted to move into the top of round three to get him.
Consider that the Dolphins traded their third- (No. 79), fifth- (No. 146) and seventh-round (No. 217) picks to move up for running back Daniel Thomas at No. 62. Were they really going to give up another group of pick to get Mallett?
Something just smells odd here. The Dolphins clearly didn’t want Mallett that much, which is fine. 30 other teams agreed. Calling him a “good quarterback” after the fact sounds like covering your ass.
Edited by dcmissle, 01 May 2011 - 11:28 AM.