Aug 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) at the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Brandt: Patriots and Texans potential trade partners for Ryan Mallett


With the Houston Texans hiring of Bill O’Brien much of the talk has been which quarterback O’Brien and the Texans would draft with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

With Teddy Bridgewater leaving the Louisville Cardinals, UCF’s Blake Bortles entering his name in the draft and the anticipated declaration of former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, there will be some intriguing candidates for the Texans to choose from.

However, the Texans may not even draft a quarterback according to Gil Brandt who suggests a trade could be a possibility.

The 6-6 Mallett has yet to appear in a regular season for the New England Patriots who drafted him out of Arkansas in the third round in 2011. O’Brien was on the Patriots staff when Mallett was drafted and even though he left for the Penn State job shortly thereafter, he is familiar with the big pocket passer.

Could the Texans trade a second round pick for Mallett and use the top pick on Jadeveon Clowney or trade down to acquire more picks?

Adding a player with pro experience to a veteran team could expedite the Texans rebuilding effort and get back into the postseason.

Tags: Arkansas Razorbacks Houston Texans New England Patriots Ryan Mallett

  • Casini

    that 2nd round pick would be 33 overall right? that’s a helluva steep price for Ryan Mallett

  • hookedonnews

    What has Ryan Mallett ever done to attract this kind of attention?

    • Jack

      He’s being mentored by one of the best, which is more than any rookie has done. Sure he’s a risk, but so is any rookie QB. With experience watching regular and post season games and constantly absorbing information, he could be a great game managing QB.

      • hookedonnews

        Just because he’s on the same team with Tom Brady doesn’t mean he’s going to be a great quarterback. I didn’t think he was that good in college. Of course, he could turn out to be another Tom Brady, but if he’s got that kind of potential why would the Patriots trade him? Matt Cassell looked pretty good when he was with the Patiots, but he hasn’t looked that great anywhere else. I think it’s likely that the Texans will take Clowney, but they definitely need a quarterback. These days you need more than a game manager to get to the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see how the Texans use their draft choices.

        • Amar S.

          O’Brien used to be the offensive coordinator / QB coach for the Patriots. He’s seen Mallet work at practice every day when he was a rookie

          • hookedonnews

            I’m aware of that. What a quarterback does in practice (rarely taking reps with lst team) doesn’t necessarily carry over on the field. Has anyone heard O’Brien say he wanted Mallett? This article strikes me as pure speculation, but I could be wrong.

          • Amar S.

            Nope, this article is just a prediction to get fans like us all excited… Well, the Patriots fans of course.

          • Anthony

            That’s the same thing Scott Pioli and Josh McDaniel said about Matt Cassel when they had a bidding war over him. We see how that worked out.

        • Jack

          The Pats would trade home because Brady is locked up for another 4 years. I never said he would be great. It would be silly to assume that. But, he could be good or even really good. Look at Alex smith. He’s just a game manager. Cassell has his ups and downs. He did well in NE because of the system. Depending on the system Mallett gets into – like O’briens, who knows. But that is a definite advantage.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree that Alex Smith is a game manager, but there’s no guarantee that Mallett is as good as Smith. Plus the 49ers traded Smith because they didn’t think he was good enough to take them to the Super Bowl. The Texans want a quarterback that can take them to the next level. Why settle for a game manager? Anyway, we’re wasting a lot of time talking about something that may never happen. I’ll just say that I don’t think Ryan Mallett is the QB the Texans fans are hoping for.