NFL Draft 2011: Why Ryan Mallett is the Best Quarterback in This Draft Class

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NFL Draft 2011: Why Ryan Mallett is the Best Quarterback in This Draft Class
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The draft stock of Ryan Mallett is all over the place. Some swear he will be drafted in the first round, while others think he can drop to the second.

Not only is he the biggest quarterback in stature for the 2011 NFL draft, but he has the strongest arm and uses sound mechanics. His footwork is mostly sound, but he's had moments where it has gotten sloppy.

While his accuracy and decision-making could be more consistent, Mallett can fit the ball into tight places and throws the best deep out of all the quarterbacks in the draft.

He is the most ready to play of the upper-echelon quarterbacks, having played in pro-style systems, and he understands reads and progressions. His release is smooth, and it is not easy to bat down a ball off the arm of the 6'7" Mallett.

He is a fierce leader who can take control of the huddle. He is mobile in a pocket, but he's not athletic enough to run for chunks of yardage if needed. He keeps his head downfield, so he stands tall in a collapsing pocket. 

Some teams worry about Mallett's character and question his ability to take coaching because of a lack of maturity, and there have also been allegations of drug use. If these concerns never rear their heads in his entire career, Mallett has the ability to be a franchise player who has the skills to get to Canton.

Let's compare him to the other quarterbacks who may get selected early.

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