So every year there are a number of QBs who enter the NFL as "projects" Are there any out there that should be considered in addition to the 1st round QBs of this draft?
The two I'm most concerned with are Ryan Mallet & Brian Hoyer.
6'2" 215lbs Michigan State.
UDFA to New England in 2009. Signed by the Cleveland Browns He (& O'Brien) was with the Patriots from 2009-2011, spent 2012 between the Patriots & Cardinals, signed a 2 year deal with the Browns. He leap-frogged their back up QB & started 4 games. The Browns won all 4 games; Hoyer injured his ACL in the 4th.
The guaranteed portion of his contract has been paid. It would cost the Browns nothing to trade him.
Of course I'm thinking acquiring Hoyer would allow us flexibility to take a bigger chance on a QB later in the draft. At the same time, have the Browns (also without a head coach) seen enough to likely pass on a QB with the first overall pick & select Jadaveon Clowney or Anthony Barr if the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Would the presence of Hoyer & Weeden allow the Browns the freedom to move to the #1 pick to select someone other than a QB, if they felt the need exists?
Hoyer appeared to be a competent NFL QB, if nothing else you'd think he would have made a fine back-up for Tom Brady. Why did they draft Mallet in the third round, then release Hoyer a year later & how much influence did Bob O'Brien have on those decisions (he was the Patriots QB coach & OC when Mallet was drafted. He was not with the Patriots when they released Hoyer.)
6'6" 245lbs Arkansas
In addition there were some red flags surrounding Mallet. There was evidence of immaturity, talks of drug consumption, & reports of being late to team interviews. After the draft there were stories of his exploits much like Gronk...partying all night, living fast & disappointing in camp & OTAs.
We suspected Mallett would fall to the third round, and it may have been fourth or fifth if not for New England. One front office exec tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Mallett was the top QB on the Patriots' board. While Mallett boasts an arm touched by the gods, he also possesses the sloth-like movement of a late-career Drew Bledsoe. Worse, there have been documented reports of drug usage and consumption issues in college to go with character red flags. Put simply, no team in the league wanted him as the face of the franchise. Bill Belichick will try to develop Mallett as Tom Brady's successor or an eventual trade chip.
But... the reports changed dramatically before the 2013 season. He was impressive. Thoughts began circulating that he could be Brady's heir apparent. However, the Patriots extended Tom Brady into forever & reassured all that Mallet was trade bait. Though the Browns entered talks with the Patriots on more than one occasion to acquire Mallet, a deal never materialized. The Patriots held firm to their price, a high 2nd round pick, pricing teams like Arizona out of the market.
If the cost last season was an early 2, would the Patriots take two thirds? An early third, an early 6th & an early 7th? Or if there was some way we could acquire him without giving up our 2nd round pick.
"Sloth-like movement" does not excite me. But whether you or I like the idea or not, we should consider that O'Brien may offer the Patriots our 2nd round pick for Mallet. He was part of the staff that used a 3rd (74th overall) to acquire him in the first place. How does he compare to the talent that "should" be available in the second round? Boyd, Mettenberger, McCarron?
Keep in mind, with two NFL off-seasons under his belt, Mallet should be ready to start from day 1.