Are the Seahawks interested in Ryan Mallett? Depends on who you ask

Apr 14, 2011, 12:22 AM | Updated: 8:36 pm
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Some mock drafts have had Ryan Mallett going to the Seahawks at No. 25. (AP)

By Brady Henderson

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, you can pretty much cross Ryan Mallett’s name off the list of names the Seahawks could take with the 25th pick.

On the same day Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network said the Seahawks are considering taking Mallett in the first round, Clayton told the Calabro show Wednesday that character concerns and Mallett’s lack of mobility will likely be deal breakers for the Seahawks, even if the former Arkansas quarterback is still on the board when Seattle makes the 57th overall pick.

“I think there’s a fear factor that’s gonna put the scare into Seattle,” Clayton said. “I think that the decision’s already been made that they’ll skip on him in the first round, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d skip on him in the second round.

“What I think what scares everybody is just the immaturity right now. And that’s something that I think that he still has to correct. I think there’s a worry that if you’re going to be the franchise quarterback … is he mature enough to handle it? And I think there’s the thought right now that he isn’t.”

Mallett was arrested on public intoxication charges in 2009. Draft analysts — and a former NFL personnel executive — have expressed concerns over rumors of Mallett’s drug use.

Mallett’s arm strength and football acumen are considered to be among the best of any quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class. His mobility is a different story. Mallett, who’s just under 6-foot-7 and weighs roughly 250 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.37 seconds at his pro day workout.

Clayton expressed similar concerns to those of Brock Huard, who believes Mallett would be unfit for a Seahawks offense that will require some mobility under new coordinator Darrell Bevell.

“So there’s two strikes,” Clayton said. “… it’s the mobility and the immaturity that’s gonna knock him out of being a Seahawk quarterback.”

Lombardi sees it differently.

“(The Seahawks) have done a lot of work on him, and Miami has done a lot of work on him,” Lombardi said of Mallett, who reportedly visited with the Seahawks for two days last week. “There is a feeling that (the Seahawks) hope he gets down to their pick at 25. I think he does fit what they want to do offensively. He can run a pro style. They don’t feel the problems off the field are as bad as some people might suspect.”

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