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Tom Brady: 5 Ways the Veteran Superstar Can Help Ryan Mallett Improve in 2011

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIMay 25, 2011

Tom Brady: 5 Ways the Veteran Superstar Can Help Ryan Mallett Improve in 2011

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    Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots shocked the football world as they selected quarterback Ryan Mallett with the 74th overall selection in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. 

    For starters, why would the Patriots even think about selecting a quarterback right now? Tom Brady is only 34 and could have a solid five years left in him.

    The Patriots drafted Mallett because he was the best available player at that spot in the draft and on-top of it, Mallett is arguably the most NFL-ready quarterback out of all of the rookies. 

    Mallett has all the tools to be a successful quarterback at the next level—but it's simply raw talent. The Patriots are going to have to turn that raw talent into skill in order for Mallett to be a successful NFL starter. 

    Here are five things that Brady can help Mallett improve on during his rookie season in 2011. 

     

    This article was first seen at PatriotsPlus.net. Be sure to follow Tony Santorsa on Twitter @    TonySantorsa.

Ability to Handle Pressure

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    While taking a look at many scouting reports across the web regarding Ryan Mallett, one of the first negatives that show up is his inability to perform-well under pressure—and which NFL quarterback is the best in the clutch? Undoubtedly Tom Brady

    Brady is a three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and has a career 33 fourth comebacks and game-winning drives. 

    This is a definite ideal situation for any young quarterback to sit back and take notes from one of the most clutch players in NFL history. 

Avoiding Turnovers

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    Ryan Mallett spent three years at the college ranks with the University of Michigan and the University of Arkansas. While at the college level, Mallett threw a career 24 interceptions—12 during his final season at Arkansas. 

    Mallett may have a rocket arm, but it can get him into trouble as he tries to force balls—and that is definitely going to need to change.

    At the NFL level, not only do defenders get faster, but they have much better ball skills.

    Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks at not turning the ball over. In fact, Brady currently holds the NFL record of pass attempts without throwing an interception at 335. 

    Brady only throws an interception 2.2 percent of the time, and Mallet is definitely going to have to take some notes at how Brady protects the football. 

Pocket Presence

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    Tom Brady is one of the slowest quarterbacks in the NFL, but he's got a great feel for pressure while standing in the pocket. 

    Mallett entered the draft with an embarrassing 5.37 forty-yard-dash time—that's slower than a large amount of linemen. 

    Brady may not be a running-threat, but he's certainly mobile in the pocket and that's something that he needs to rub off on Mallett. 

Understanding of New England's Complex Offense

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    Tom Brady's on-field coach skills may not be as obvious as Peyton Manning's, but he's one of the NFL's best at checking down, calling a play, and identifying coverages and blitz' at the line of scrimmage. 

    Ryan Mallett will need to dive right into New England's playbook once the lockout is lifted as it's one of the most complicated offensives in football. 

    New England runs a pro-spread-style offense and Brady runs it to perfection. 

    Mallett definitely has all the intangibles to succeed in three or more wide receiver formations, it's just a matter at understanding the terminology and the style of the offense. 

Live, Practice and Play Like a Champion

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    Tom Brady is the winingest quarterback in NFL history as he's played in four Super Bowls and won three of them.

    Brady's work ethic is phenomenal as he's always striving to get better while he plays with a huge chip on his shoulder. 

    Ryan Mallett entered the draft as one of the most talented quarterbacks, but had some major personal issues. Mallett is going to have to use that to his advantage—much like Brady did as he was passed on until the sixth round of the 2000 draft. 

    Brady is one of the most fierce competitors in the NFL today as he plays with the idea that failure is not an option. 

    Mallett will need to develop the drive and motivation that Brady has in order for him to even come close to touching Brady's greatness.

    If Mallett wants to become a winner like Brady is, he's going to have to live, practice and play like a champion. 

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