New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) passes against the New York Giants during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Ryan Mallett an option?


Although the Minnesota Vikings secondary could use a lot of work, there is no doubt that this team’s biggest need is at the quarterback position, and it’s more than just a case of the QB position trumping all. Christian Ponder just doesn’t have the physical tools to be a franchise quarterback, but he is accurate enough to be one of the best backup QBs in the league going forward. Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman just about done in Minnesota, so it’s important for the Vikings to find their franchise guy to start over Ponder. Most people- I’m no different- have the Vikings selecting Derek Carr with the eighth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and I think he would be a terrific fit for this team. In fact, he might be the second-best QB in the class, because he’s more polished than Blake Bortles.

In my opinion, the Vikings best bet is to draft a quarterback in the first round and find their franchise QB through that route, but there’s still a slight chance that they could decide to sign a free agent or trade for somebody. ESPN NFL Nation’s Ben Goessling mulled over some of those possibilities in a piece today, and it was interesting to read his thoughts on how New England Patriots second-string QB Ryan Mallett could fit the Vikings.

Goessling mentions Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins before moving onto Mallett as a potential option, and he writes that Mallett and Adrian Peterson have a “friendly relationship”. That can only help Mallett, who could be the kind of QB Norv Turner would like to mold into a franchise guy. He has all the physical tools with a rocket arm, but he is inconsistent with his accuracy, decision-making, and fluidity in the pocket. Mallett has the upside of a No. 1 QB, but he’s a huge wild card since we don’t know just how much he’s developed over the years in New England. Working under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is a nice way to pad your resume, but I wonder just how important that is when actually evaluating someone as a QB.

Even though he’s an intriguing option and the best trade target at the position, I don’t see him as a better option than drafting a QB for the Vikings.. The second-round price tag on Mallett isn’t as expensive as the first-round price tag of a franchise QB in this year’s draft, but a QB in the draft is younger and could very well be deemed as better by the Vikings organization.

The move isn’t the problem, but the timing is more than just alarming.


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  • 3kolu

    It depends if the team wants to win now. Then, it’s a no-brainer. No QB in this class is as NFL ready as Mallett. Mallett’s weaknesses are the same as Carr’s, Bortles and Manziel, pocket-presence and footwork.

    • Daniel Laxen

      How do we know what Mallet’s weaknesses are? I know I didn’t watch a whole lot of Patriot pre season. Mallet played some, but he was the clear cut #2 behind Brady. I will guarantee that Mallet is more polished than ANY QB coming out this year in the draft. I’d imagine he’s similar to what the Patriots had in Cassel while he was there? The upside of those draft class QBs has to be better, in my opinion. No way that all the former Belichick cronies keep him a secret. He would have already been pursued had he been that special…

      • 3kolu

        Hey Daniel, looking at his college film and looking at the small amount of film we have in preseason, It looks like he has some footwork issues and of course he was never accused of being mobile. I agree he’s more polished than all the QB’s eligible for the draft. Also, it’s a good assumption that he would resemble both Brady and Cassel, hopefully more Brady than Cassel. His release point is incredible, he has a stronger arm than Cassel and Brady, and he had more experience coming out of college than those 2. His YPA in college were significantly higher than Brady’s in college and he posted higher passing ratings and completion percentage than Brady as well, which amounts to nothing, but gives us something to compare. Staying humble and low-key has helped his stock and I strongly believe we should offer a 3rd or even a 2nd rounder for him. He;s definitely not a lock to succeed, but being put in a situation with players like AP, CP, Jennings, Rudolph, Felton, Ellison and an O Line that is nearly intact, and with Norv Turner, we could be looking at the next great thing, It’s all about chemistry and confidence. The Cassel comparison was competent and prevalent and I believe that he will be significantly more successful than Cassel because he is better and will be put in a better position to succeed.

  • David Mallow

    Mallett would be a phenomenal addition and solve the QB issue for quite some time. And you can’t judge his footwork from college film. Hes been in the league for 3 years and with the training and practices with the QB coach and Brady teaching him different things I’m sure alot has changed since his college days. He has an unbelievable arm and very good accuracy. THIS IS THE GUY WE NEED, THE KIND OF GUY TURNER LOVES

  • Michael Moderie

    If the top three are gone – bridgewater bortles Johnny – then it’s Carr in the 2nd round – if he is gone – then go for mallet