Toughness/Leadership: A very tough and competitive guy on and off the field. A vocal leader that takes command of the huddle. A pure pocket passer that will stare down the gun barrel and take the hit in order to make a play. Shows leadership in big games, and puts up some of his numbers in them. However, his leadership qualities seem to wane at the tail end of games, specifically when attempting a game driving/tieing drive. He needs to work composure. His face and body are easily readable when frustration ensues.
Intelligence/Decision Making: Very intelligent quarterback with lots of experience in a pro-style system. Will look defenders off, use his check downs, and throws the ball to the open receiver. Does have a tendency to force balls into tight windows, because of his arm strength. Looks for the big play far too often, instead of taking what the defense has given him. Has an incredible arm and is a true believer in it. Makes his poorest decisions when faced with pressure, and tends to throw interceptions when the pocket isn’t clean.
Accuracy: Excellent accuracy when allowed to set his feet and follow through. However, when the pressure is on, he accuracy takes a huge dip. Bad foot work leads to bad throws. He doesn’t do a good job of resetting his feet after being moved off of his initial spot. Needs to do a better job of hitting receivers in stride and allowing them to run after the catch. Shows the ability to fit balls into tight windows, with what is the strongest arm in the draft. Also displays excellent touch and pinpoint accuracy on fades, corner routes and deep balls.
Release/Arm Strength: Has a very natural over the top delivery. That paired with his 6’6″ frame makes it very difficult for linemen to bat balls down. Has the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft and displays a quick release.
Pocket Mobility: Does not possess any athleticism outside of the pocket. Moves well in the pocket when its clean. Side steps well, and keeps his eyes down field. Has a hard time running away from defenders due to a lack of speed. Extending plays ability is below average.
Intangibles: Leader on and off the field. Does a lot of community work. However, there are questions about off the field issues, such as drugs, maturity, and attitude problems. 2010 Team Captain and
Overall Stock: Mallett possesses the size, the arm strength, and touch to make it at the next level. Question marks rose when Michigan coaches said Mallett left with an attitude and on bad terms. Also, many scouts question whether he has enough athleticism to be effective in the NFL. If Mallett has a hard time escaping the pass rush and making plays when faced with NCAA pressure, how will he fare when the best of the best are relentlessly pursuing him all game in the NFL? Mallett had an excellent season, but his stock is down. At the moment, I’m finding it difficult to say Mallett will be a first round selection. I think the more accurate statement would be to say he’ll come off the board at top of the first.
NFL comparisons: Drew Bledsoe and Byron Leftwich