When I look at how these Scouts and Analysts regard a QuarterBack, I don't give a rat's ass about how far he can throw it on a wire, or how fast he runs the 40: Anyone who thinks that those Skills are the most critical ones in assessing a QuarterBack's ability to lead a team to a Championship have overlooked the last 90 years of History.
When I look at how these Scouts and Analysts regard a QuarterBack, 90% of my evaluation derives from comments on his Processing Speed, his Decision Making, his Field Vision, his Pocket Presence, and his Mechanics.
There is great divergence of opinion on Ryan Mallett.
I don't have the Optical Speed to to decide the argument based on my own reading of The Tape...But a lifetime of analyzing the way others express themselves tells me a lot. For instance: Those who suggest that Mallett was no so much an accurate Passer as an inaccurate Passer, one whose flaws were protected by the System and his Receivers, are far more convincing, to these eyes, than his supporters.
Even when I read those who consider him an outstanding prospect, it's clear that his Processing Speed is awful, and that his Decision Making and Pocket Presence are even worse, as he often panics and either forces throws or flees the Pocket. And his Mechanics are awful.
My evaluation is that Christian Ponder is going to be a BUST, gentlemen.
A SUPER Bust.
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