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Buyer Beware: Offense, Part 1

WR Ryan Mallett (Chris Graythen/Getty)

Longtime personnel analyst Dave-Te Thomas brings Part 1 of a four-part series on boom-or-bust talents who have major flaws in their game or disconcerting character concerns. We lead off with the quarterback, wide receiver and tight end.

It happens every year. The team scouts spend every waking minute evaluating talent, attending games, watching film and checking their lists twice, sort of like a football Santa Claus. Then, the Combines roll around, and coaches, scouting directors and general managers are out in full force with stopwatches in hand. The four-day "underwear workout" commences, those out of the scouting loop (coaches...

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