NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett and the 6 Strongest Arms in the Draft

Chris CarsonContributor IFebruary 11, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett and the 6 Strongest Arms in the Draft

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    The Super Bowl was billed as a battle of two of the games best quarterbacks, one with championship experience, the other a championship first timer.

    Going into the NFL draft, many teams may look to recreate the success found by Pittsburgh and Green Bay by drafting quarterbacks with strong potential.

    Though the guy with the biggest arm does not always have the biggest career, it a good indicator of what a player can do and what kind of NFL quarterback they will become.

    And who doesn't love a QB who can air it out once in a while?

    Here they are, six quarterbacks with the strongest arms.

Ryan Mallet

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    Ryan Mallet of the Arkansas Razorbacks is like the character from a movie.

    At 6'6", 238 pounds, and coming out of Texas, you would expect the 22 year old to be a pretty good quarterback.

    With that length and with that strength, Mallet has the ideal build for whipping the football around, and he does, feeling very comfortable delivering the long pass down field.

    Last year with Arkansas Mallet threw for 3,869 yards, his longest completion was for 89 yards.

Colin Kaepernick

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    Some have described Colin Kaepernick, from Nevada, as a bit of a risk taker, saying he likes to scramble in the pocket before making long bombs down field.

    They also say, that style of play may not fit in with NFL offenses.

    Maybe. But instincts count for something and Kaepernick finds a way to get the ball to receivers, throwing for 3022 yards, averaging just under nine yards per completion.

    He is a big body, hard to take down, with a big arm.

Blaine Gabbert

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    Blaine Gabbert, of the Missouri Tigers, was ranked as the best quarterback in the country coming out of high school and 2008, a class that included Andrew Luck.

    Luck has chosen another year of college, while Gabbert has decided to go pro.

    From the looks of it, he may end up being the first QB selected in this years draft.

    He has a good NFL build and a strong arm.

    Some scouts hope he can improve accuracy at the next level, but the mechanics of his throwing motion show a lot of potential.

Cam Newton

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    If Blaine Gabbert is not the first quarterback to go then it will likely be Cam Newton of Auburn.

    The 21 year old has been in the spotlight for what seems like forever so people are eager to see how he'll handle the NFL.

    If college is any indication then he will handle the pros just fine.

    Everyone knows Cam Newton is big, 6'5" 250 pounds, and everyone has seen him run.

    But the arm is there too.

    Newton averaged over 10 yards per completion with a long of 94 yards.

    The next JaMarcus Russell, as analyst Mike Mayock said, or the next Donovan McNabb?

Jake Locker

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    Washington Huskie, Jake Locker is expected to be the third quarterback to go, selected by the Seahawks.

    He has shown the ability to throw the ball hard with good accuracy while on the run.

    He is considered one of the more talented players in the draft with a tremendous upside.

    But he may not play football.

    Locker was drafted by the Angles as an outfielder in the 2009 draft. If there is a lockout, Locker could trade the gridiron for the diamond.

    But you can see where his arm comes from.

Andy Dalton

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    Andy Dalton, the red haired quarterback from TCU, does not show what is usually associated with spectacular arm strength.

    You won't see him air it out for 70 yards.

    But Dalton shows arm strength in other ways.

    Mainly, he can put the football anywhere he pleases.

    Dalton completed 66 percent of his passes last year for the undefeated Horned Frogs, averaging just over nine yards per completion.

    Strength begets control and Dalton can control the football.