NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett Is Still the Best QB in the Draft

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NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett Is Still the Best QB in the Draft
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Mallett's performance in the Sugar Bowl was much better than the stats reflect.

Much attention has been paid to how far Jake Locker's stock may have dropped this draft and the financial implications of him going back for his senior year.  But there is another player pegged as a top-15 draft choice last year who opted for one more year in college.  

Perhaps the issues that are plaguing Ryan Mallett today would have come to the surface under the scrutiny of the combine and associated team interviews last season. Then again, perhaps the focus on the intricacies of Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen in 2010 would have allowed Mallett to stay above the fray.

Regardless of where Mallett would have gone last year, analysts have his value all over the draft board in 2011.  For a team drafting late in the first round or possibly early in the second, Mallett could be the steal of the draft, as he has the talent to be the best QB in the class.

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