Gruden talks to Mallett and ... John Daly?

I have no idea what purpose John Daly served in the meeting room other than to protect his fellow Arkansas alum, Ryan Mallett, from tough questions in the latest edition of Jon Gruden's "QB Camp."

There was no need because Mallett handled himself pretty well. Gruden asked how Mallett, one of the most disputed players in this year's draft class, is coping with the criticism and speculation he has faced over the past couple months.

"I just do what I know how to do, just play football," Mallett said. "I try to learn the game more and more every day. I don't really pay attention to outside criticism unless it's from a coach. Then I would try to critique that and fix what a coach wants me to fix."

Gruden also asked Mallett to describe himself as a quarterback and as a teammate.

"I feel like I'm a drop-back guy, and I move in the pocket well," Mallett said. "I'm not the fastest guy in the world. I'm not Mike Vick or anything like that, but I feel like I escape pressure well, and I'm able to get the ball to the guys that make the plays with their feet.

"I'm a loyal teammate. I've always been loyal to my team. They way we work, we'd always work on our own a lot. So we always had great communication. That's what made us so good because we were all so close as friends and teammates. That's what helped us out in the season. "

Mallett also does an impressive job at the dry-erase board, explaining a specific play for Gruden.

Mallett is scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.