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By PFW staff

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett was scheduled to meet with the team holding the NFL draft's top pick earlier this month, but that meeting didn't go according to plan.

According to Brad Biggs of the National Football Post, Mallett met with Panthers officials in Charlotte on the evening of April 8, but then canceled a visit to the team's facility the next day because he was sick.

"Complicating the matter is the fact sources said Mallett was seen out on the town late following the dinner," Biggs writes. "Off-field questions have followed Mallett every step of the process since he announced he was leaving school in January with eligibility remaining."

Mallett's agent, J.R. Carroll, disputed the story. He told ESPN's Adam Schefter that his client had dinner with Alabama WR Julio Jones that evening before returning to his hotel because he felt ill. That was followed by a meeting with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski the next morning, but Mallett was too sick to go on with any other talks with Carolina coaches.

"I'm pretty sure Ryan was really, really sick," Carroll told Schefter. "He told me he was sick the night before. And I know Ryan wasn't out late night. I know that for sure. He's not an idiot."

This is not the first time allegations of inappropriate behavior from the former Razorback. PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki reported that Mallett's a "big party guy" and told a GM during a team interview that he used drugs in college.

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