by Chris Bahn
Posted 5/1/2012 10:25 am
Updated 2 years ago
New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett spent three years throwing to Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.
Mallett was their college quarterback in 2009 and 2010. He redshirted in 2008, but still had the opportunity to be around the trio, all of whom were drafted in the fourth round of this year’s draft.
Having that sort of knowledge of Adams, Wright and Childs, plus a year in the NFL, Mallett said he believes the three can be successful at the next level. Adams went No. 104 overall to the Carolina Panthers, Wright was picked No. 118 by the Minnesota Vikings and Childs went 16 picks later to the Vikings.
“They have plenty of talent,” Mallett told ArkansasSports360.com. “All they have to do is work hard and keep their heads on right and they’ll be fine. I don’t doubt they will. They have a chance to play in the league.”
Arkansas became the 14th school to have three receivers from the same school drafted in the same class. North Carolina was the last team to do it, having three picked in 2008.
Looking at the college production of Adams, Wright and Childs it’s easy to understand why teams liked the trio as much as Mallett does. They combined for 466 receptions, 7,411 yards and 56 touchdowns.
Adams caught 52 passes for 652 yards and three touchdowns, averaged 16.9 yards per punt return with four scores and averaged 13.9 yards per rush with a 92-yard touchdown.
Wright finished as Arkansas' all-time leader in catches (168) and yards (2,934) and ranks No. 2 in the record books with 24 touchdowns. He was the Razorbacks' leading receiver in 2011.
Childs struggled as a senior after a patella tendon injury ended his junior year early. Still, he finished his career with 133 catches for 2,069 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mallett threw to the receivers at Arkansas Pro Day in March. Barring any trades, he won’t get the chance to play with them next season, but he will have a familiar face in the Patriots locker room. Defensive end Jake Bequette, like Mallett a two-time team captain for the Razorbacks, was taken in the third round by New England with the 90th overall pick.
Bequette, who finished with 10.5 sacks as a senior, was an intriguing prospect for the Patriots because of his intelligence and versatility. Bequette played defensive end, but has shown the ability to play standing up as well.
Having a former teammate around will be a good thing, Mallett said. He’s hopeful for more Razorbacks joining him in New England.
“My man Jake is coming up. I’m excited about that,” said Mallett, a third-round pick by the Patriots in 2011. “We’ve got another Arkansas guy in New England. We might be starting something here.”
Mallett visited with ArkansasSports360.com on Monday. More from that interview will be posted throughout the week.