2011 NFL Draft: Could Ryan Mallett Be Selected by the San Francisco 49ers?

Casey Crail@@crvilsCorrespondent IApril 18, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and any last minute news and rumors are surfacing all over draft designated sites.

Against most of the Niner Faithful's well documented wishes, it was reported that the 49ers have a one-year deal waiting for Alex Smith.

As an advocate of waiting until next year's draft to snag the franchise quarterback, I am indifferent about this news, though a change would be beneficial to both parties.

However, comments on my most recent article speculating a potential trade up for Blaine Gabbert have made it apparent some of the Faithful prefer Ryan Mallett if available in the second round.

It was reported that Mallett's stock is still dropping and he very well could be available for San Francisco in the second round.

Mallett is an intriguing pick because some think he will be the best quarterback in the class, while others think he will have a career that resembles that of JaMarcus Russell's.

While playing in the West Coast Offense for three seasons, Mallett most recently led Arkansas to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke have gone on record stating that they plan on returning to the West Coast Offense, and that they are looking for a winner in their next quarterback.

Comments that Alex Smith was drafted because he was in a winner have been circulating, but he also played in the MWC.

Mallett does not fit all of Haurbaugh's prerequisites, though.

Mallett is far from athletic, running a 5.37 40-yard dash at the combine.

Also, character concerns are always floating around about previous drug abuse.

However, Mallett could be effective in the West Coast Offense as he proved at Arkansas, and if available in the second round, Harbaugh and Baalke may not be patient for a Kevin Kolb trade or an Andrew Luck in 2012 possibility.

Ryan Mallett is not exactly atop of my big board, however if Harbaugh thinks he can coach up as well as straighten out Mallett, I see him as a better value in the second than Blaine Gabbert in the first.