NFL Draft 2011: Washington Redskins in Mix for Ryan Mallett?
Redskins could take a shot on Arkansas quarterback, says expert
The rumors are definitely heating up.
Michael Lombardi from the NFL Network predicts that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will be drafted in the first round, by the 20th pick at the latest. He even says the Redskins could be considering him with their 10th pick.
"I talked to a source close to the team," Lombardi said. "He said, 'Don't rule out Ryan Mallett.'''
Count Brian Baldinger among the naysayers, though.
"I don't see Ryan Mallett fitting into the Redskins' offense," he says. "Mike Shanahan's legacy will be in doubt if he has problems with Mallett."
Can't get any juicier than that, folks. If you thought drafting Jake Locker would create a stir, or trading up for Blaine Gabbert, forget it. This would blow all that away.
Here you've got a kid with tremendous talent who's been criticized heavily for his character. That was discussed in depth in this fantastic read.
On one hand, I can see Shanahan's logic. Mallett's been used to a pro-style offense since high school, has put up numbers in the nation's best conference and has a cannon for an arm. If you compare his technique and style, Mallett is very similar in some ways to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who Shanahan drafted in Denver.
Neither are really mobile but both can sit back in the pocket and carve up defenses when given the time.
Let's address the character stuff real quickly. It would be great if every player were a choir boy who could ace the wonderlic like Greg McElroy basically did. This has the feel of a Dez Bryant type deal for Washington: Both have tremendous talent but they're boneheads when it comes to decision-making.
I have a hunch Mallett won't be dropping thousands though for a bunch of ice.
What I do know is if he stays focused, the talent will take care of itself. I've never questioned it since I saw him in person back at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
It's a game for the who's-who of the nation's best recruits. That day Mallett took on Jimmy Clausen, last year's starter for the Carolina Panthers. They were the two premiere quarterbacks there and both looked impressive throughout the game. I asked some coaching friends later if they had to pick who would they take as their starting quarterback.
Kid you not: Eight out of 10 said Mallett.
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