My friend who is a Cardinal's fan and thought that the Cards might draft a QB with the fifth pick had done some exhaustive research on Ryan Mallett. He says that the problem with Mallett is mostly guilt by association, rather than an inherent self destructive thuggish stupidity. At Michigan he was a country boy out of his element. He fell in with a bunch of low life friends, and got involved with their self destructive escapades. He was satisfied in playing a pro style set at Michigan; and was a coming star in that system. When Michigan changed Coaches, the new Coach was determined to go to the currently fashionable "Spread", that requires a lot of running ability from the QB position, which is not Ryan's style or ability. He transferred to a team playing a pro style system adapted to his style. He was not thrown off the Team, or that he transferred because he lost out in a QB contest, which many players seem to do. Some people said he was just a stupid jock thug, and too dumb to learn a NFL QBs job, but when the Wonderlic results came in, he had a 26, the dividing line between the successful QBs and the washouts. By comparison, Cam Newton and Locker's Wonderlics fell into the category that has all the QB failures in it. Check out the "26, 27, 60 rule" for measuring a QB candidate, aside from his obvious athletic triangle numbers, which don't really count for much in a QBs play. The Rule says have a Wonderlic above 26, so you can understand your QB job. Play long enough to start 27 games in college, so you have some continuity and experience. Finally express your accuracy by throwing for more than 60% completion rate. The successful QBs all exceed that, and the failures and washouts simply don't. It is eerie what it shows. At Arkansas, he played in a pro style set, throwing the football. Separated from the low lifes he fell in with at Michigan, he was much more a model citizen. But he still had some college high jinks in his background at Arkansas but nothing but youthful exuberance. His Coach at Arkansas, Bobby Petrino says the scrutiny of Mallett is way overdone, and has taken on a life of its own. Coach Petrino said he doesn't recognize Ryan from the false, grotesque picture that has attached itself to the Ryan, that he coached and knows. With the careful attention to detail, the Patriots may have decided that the stories were really overblown or happened too long ago. He has a Coach's son attitude, and is a film rat. He is known to like to work at his sport. That had to appeal to Belichick. Ryan appears to have grown up somewhat at Arkansas. By the time he is ready to play, in a year or three, for the Pats he should be even more mature. The adversity that Mallett has faced, helped him "grow up" and Belichick likes that in his QB backgrounds. It reveals whether he maintains an even keel and POISE in the adversity, or comes apart under the pressure. Meanwhile the Pats have drafted the best arm in the QB class and not with the third pick in the Draft, but rather in the Third Round. His rookie contract should be affordable, and can be expected to have an opportunity to sit, learn and grow up some more. The Patriots appear to have drafted three #1 draft picks, in Nate Solder, Ras-I Dowling, rated in the top 20 by Mel Kiper, and now Ryan Mallett.