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It's a massive stretch to label Ryan Mallett a star, but it's anything but a stretch to say he's got real star potential.
The New England Patriots selected Mallett in the third round in April’s draft with the pick they received from Minnesota in the Randy Moss deal. It was the highest pick the Patriots have used on a quarterback since 1993, when Drew Bledsoe was selected with the number one overall pick.
The Patriots are highly dedicated to Tom Brady, and their quarterback is equally dedicated to keeping his starting job for a long time. If we should have taken any lesson from Brady’s career to this point, it’s that he shouldn’t be doubted.
Mallett represents an investment opportunity for New England. He’ll spend his rookie season red shirting to learn the offense. The Patriots may showcase him in their preseason match ups and in garbage time while Brady sits.
If he can develop, and show enough potential to start, the Patriots could begin fielding calls for the 6’6’’, 250-pounder who has the background and skill set of Brady with the physical prowess of Roethlisberger.
They invested in a stock here because of the return potential. New England used only one of their three picks in the third round on Mallett. With time, that third round investment could turn into a first rounder or more.