NFL Draft Rumors: Ryan Mallett, Bill O’Brien reunion in the works?


After the Houston Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney with the number one overall pick, the need for a quarterback became even more imperative. According to writer Gregg Rosenthal, Bill O’Brien may be interested in acquiring New England Patriots backup, Ryan Mallett. Rosenthal writes:

"“The Texans have a “lot of interest” in Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Thursday on NFL Network’s “2014 NFL Draft Kickoff.”"

Though nothing is confirmed, Mallett would reunite with Bill O’Brien, who was his offensive coordinator as a rookie in New England. Rosenthal also writes:

"“O’Brien, the new Texans coach, was Mallett’s offensive coordinator during his rookie season in New England. Mallett has been mentioned in potential trade talks ever since — despite mediocre preseason results.”"

Houston sits atop the second round with the 33rd overall pick. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garrapollo and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr remained undrafted. If Houston decides to pull the trigger on either of the two before a Ryan Mallett trade takes place, I doubt the deal will progress.

After all, looking at it from New England’s perspective, Tom Brady is 36 years old. Mallett has been groomed for the past three seasons under Brady and Belichick, and could very well be heir to the future hall of famer. However, Bill Belichick is a sucker for draft picks, and wouldn’t hesitate to deal Mallett for the right price.

Currently, Houston has TJ Yates, Case Keenum, and Ryan Fitzpatrick on their roster. Yates, has appeared in 13 career games, totaling three touchdowns and six interceptions. Keenum is a backup at best. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a journeyman who can play if needed. Overall, if Houston wants to seriously utilize their weapons offensively, they must bring in a quarterback.