The New England Patriots drafted Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett in 2011 while hoping he’d become Tom Brady’s heir.
Mallett wasn’t the first quarterback as a possible heir to the throne, and he wasn’t the last. New England tried everyone from Jimmy Garoppolo to Jacoby Brissett to, most recently, Jarrett Stidham in the decade before Brady left for the Buccaneers.
Nearly a decade since the New England Patriots welcomed Mallett into the NFL, where is the talented gunslinger now?
New England drafted Ryan Mallett in 2011
Ryan Mallett followed Tom Brady in more ways than one.
Years before he backed up Brady on the Patriots, Mallett began his career at Michigan, the same school Brady starred at in the late 1990s. Mallett later became an All-SEC quarterback at Arkansas, albeit one with character concerns and a guilty plea to public intoxication charges in 2009.
New England used the 74th overall selection on Mallett, who stood 6 feet 6 inches and 240 pounds, in 2011. Mallett didn’t throw a pass as a rookie and sat behind Brady and Brian Hoyer.
New England parted ways with Hoyer after the 2011 season and promoted Mallett to a backup role. Mallett completed one of his four passes in 2012 for 17 yards and an interception.
Much like in 2011, Mallett didn’t throw a pass during the 2013 season.
Mallett flamed out badly in the NFL
After only three seasons, the Ryan Mallett experiment ended in New England.
New England traded Mallett to the Houston Texans for a conditional sixth-round pick. The Patriots eventually traded that pick to Seattle midway through the 2016 NFL draft; Seattle used the selection on wide receiver Kenny Lawler.
Mallett flashed in three games and two starts, completing 54.7% of his passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Although he entered training camp in 2015 hoping to win the starting quarterback job, Mallett lost out to former teammate Brian Hoyer.
According to CBS Sports, Mallett missed the next day’s practice because he overslept.
Mallett completed 53.1% of his passes in six games and four starts in 2015 for 770 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. Houston cut Mallett two days after he missed the Texans’ flight to Miami.
Baltimore signed Mallett late in the 2015 season, and he spent three seasons with them, throwing four touchdowns to three interceptions across eight games.
Where is Ryan Mallett now?
Ryan Mallett’s hopes of playing another NFL down might be over.
Mallett worked out for Washington in December 2018 but didn’t sign with them. A workout with the XFL didn’t earn Mallett a job, either.
Mallett is still involved in football, though. Earlier this year, Mallett told KLTO in Arkansas that he joined Mountain Home High School (Ark.) as an assistant football coach.
Mallett also works as a social studies teacher.
“Coaching and teaching is something I knew I’d eventually get into, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here. It’s an amazing community, and I’m glad I get to call it home now.”
Ryan Mallett is still only 32, and the Denver Broncos’ recent quarterback fiasco showed how valuable reserve quarterbacks are in the NFL. But as of now, it appears that Mallett may have played his final snap.