Ryan Mallett is a big guy. This 6'7" 253 pound quarterback has the build of an NFL quarterback. His arm strength and pure passing ability is phenomenal. Like Locker, however, Mallett's decision making is in question.
Of the Arkansas games I've watched first-hand, his accuracy doesn't look terrible. He knows how to work out of a pro offense, and seems fluid in the majority of his drop-backs and throws. But the passes he chooses to make seem to be more of an issue. Like Mike Mayock said in one of his reports on nfl.com, Mallett will make an absolute beauty of a throw one play and then nothing short of a head-scratcher the next.
Aside from his passing, which is no doubt a gift from God, Mallett comes with two knocks: athleticism and character concerns. He has enough mobility to dodge certain hits in the pocket, but you could never expect him to make huge plays with his feet like some of the other prospects.
The potential character concerns confuse me. He is a commander of the huddle and has the respect and attention of his teammates on the field and in the locker room. But where the "character concerns" come from are rumors of off-the-field issues, which reports seem to include marijuana.
I may be mistaken, but there doesn't seem to be any actual proof of this supposed drug use. Aside from the rumors of drug use, there could be the possibility of maturity issues as well.
I personally like what Mallett has to offer. A quarterback doesn't have to be mobile to be successful in the NFL, and he definitely has the arm to make it. If the maturity concerns turn out to be minute, he could be a star.
Mallett will probably go in the first round, but the concerns may have him slip into the second.