by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Sometimes when you play in a dynasty league you look beyond the superstars or obvious picks in order to stash a player who should prove valuable a few years down the line. It looked like we could get dividends from the Patriots’ Ryan Mallett this season, with trade rumors swirling, but they never came to fruition. That doesn’t mean that his time isn’t coming, but the question is who is the better QB to stash? Is it Mallett or the recently drafted Derek Carr?
Let’s take a look:
Derek Carr – Drafted 36th overall by the Raiders, there’s no question that he’s viewed as a potential starting QB and could overtake Matt Schaub at some point in 2014. In fact many people thought he’s be selected in the first round, so there’s obvious feeling that he has the skills.
Prior to the draft Walter Football compared him to Carson Palmer saying:
“Palmer has had a quality NFL career. Both Carr and Palmer have good arms, but neither has one of the biggest cannons to be found in the NFL. They both are comfortable pocket passers who can distribute the ball downfield. They also can get flustered by a good pass rush and have bouts of inaccuracy or mistakes when seeing steady pressure. There are some differences as Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick and is bigger than Carr.”
As they said, there’s nothing wrong with being Palmer who has thrown for over 4,000 yards four times during his career. However, don’t take it as a given that Carr reaches that level or ultimately thrives. His college numbers were bolstered by the offense he played in and there are concerns with his size (6’2″) and that his worst game coming against USC.
There’s definite upside, but he’s hardly a given to produce.
Ryan Mallett – He is going to spend another year behind Tom Brady and no longer may be viewed as the ultimate replacement (the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this past season). That said he will be a free agent at years end and will have spent four years learning and maturing behind Tom Brady.
A third round pick, at the time NFL.com praised the pick saying:
“Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick is masterful at picking up quality picks in the middle stages of the draft. Mallett is a legitimate first-round talent with the skills to be a star in the league. He has the unique opportunity to develop behind Tom Brady without the pressure of getting on the field immediately. This is an outstanding pick for the Patriots because it gives them tremendous long-term depth and flexibility at the quarterback position.”
Obviously we don’t have much in the way of NFL numbers to go on, but the situation he’s been in has to be considered a positive. He is big (6’7″) and has plenty of arm strength, so a quarterback needy team will give him an opportunity to start in 2015.
Has he developed from his college days? It’s hard to say, but there’s definitely the potential to emerge as a Top 20 QB.
So who is the better QB to stash if you can only keep one? It’s hard to say, though most would lean towards Carr (especially if you are looking for someone with the potential to produce this season). He’s hardly a given to develop, however, and the added experience in the Patriots system adds to Mallett’s potential appeal.
If I had to guess, I would say Mallett will be the better QB in 2015 making him an intriguing stash if possible.
Sources – ESPN.com, NFL.com, Walter Football’
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