Ryan Mallett Missed Meeting With Panthers After Partying Too Late

April 20, 2011 – 12:52 pm by Ryan Phillips

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has done a lot to repair his image over the past few weeks. After an appearance on Jon Gruden’s QB Camp, many were impressed with how he came off, including Pro Bowl wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Roddy White. Things were going so well that the Miami Dolphins were even considering taking Mallett with the 15th overall pick in the draft. That could change now as another story about Mallett has come to light that might further damage his stock.

Apparently Mallett called and canceled a pre-draft meeting with the Carolina Panthers after partying too much the night before. Brad Biggs at the National Football Post claims that Mallett met team officials for dinner the day he arrived in Charlotte (April 8), but meetings the next day at Bank of America Stadium were canceled after Mallett called and said he was sick. Apparently multiple sources claim Mallett was seen out partying late the night before.

Biggs goes on to say “(There) is no mistaking that Mallett called the Panthers and told them he was ill after a late night in Charlotte. Considering the scrutiny Mallett has been under, it’s surprising he would not so up no matter how under the weather he felt.”

Thanks to his admitted past drug use and an arrest for public intoxication in 2009, stories like this are a big deal. Regardless of a guy’s talent level if he isn’t an adult and can’t handle balancing his personal life and football, and doesn’t make work a priority, he’ll have no future in the NFL.

Mallett has a big arm and might be the most NFL-ready of the quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft class. When it comes to on-field preparation he is miles ahead of the other candidates because he’s run a pro-style offense. That said, could a team like the Dolphins really feel comfortable selecting a guy with Mallett’s past? Considering they’d be setting loose a 22-year-old with a reputation for partying hard in South Beach, we think it’d be a horrible idea.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Ryan Mallett Missed Meeting With Panthers After Partying Too Late”

  2. Lies,lies and damn lies. Another rumor started by a Mallett hater. The Panther organization has knocked a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the story. Be careful what you believe when there is no proof. There has been a concentrated effort to discredit Mallett and it started just before the NFL combine.

    By Hogsnout on Apr 20, 2011

  3. Hogsnout,
    The Panthers haven’t denied anything, Mallett’s agent has. And Biggs is not the only person reporting this or who has sources saying the same thing.

    By Phillips on Apr 21, 2011

  4. This “concentrated effort” that started “just before the NFL combine”…does that include all the shit he got into at Michigan? And his history at Arkansas for the past few…years. Yeah, that public intox arrest two years ago seems to have conveniently come up RIGHT BEFORE THE DRAFT OHMIGOSH CARNSPEERASEE!!!!!

    By MJenks on Apr 21, 2011

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