Of the top prospects waiting for April 28th to come, there is one that looks better than all of the others. Some will argue Cameron Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Nick Fairley, Julio Jones or even Da'Quan Bowers.
From that list of top prospects, the one that should have a great 2011 season is Ryan Mallett out of Arkansas. The 6'7" quarterback weighs in at 238 pounds. His physical abilities will make his presence known as he will fight for a starting job in 2011.
Most draft experts now have Mallet being drafted in the early part of the second round. To be quite frank, the experts are underrating Mallett's abilities. In 2010, Mallett finished with 163.65 quarterback rating, completing nearly 65 percent of his passes and throwing 32 touchdown passes. His ability to thread the proverbial needle with a football also makes a great prospect.
Physical ability is not the only asset that Mallett has making him a good prospect.
While he may not be as smart as Gabbert is, Mallett has more experience with the type of offense he will see in the NFL. The way he led his offense while at Arkansas was similar to that of an NFL quarterback. Mallett would take snaps from under center, take a lot of snaps out of the shotgun and make audibles.
He knows what it means to be a leader and can take the experience with him to the NFL where it'll be necessary for him to lead if he wants to run a successful offense. Having Mallett on an NFL team will not always be great; like any other prospect, he has flaws that will be addressed once he is drafted and has signed with a team.
One flaw is education.
Once he's in the NFL, there is no doubt that his quarterback coach and/or offensive coordinator will put him through intensive film sessions where he will learn how his offensive line works, evaluate different defenses around the league, etc. With the proper preparation, Mallett can avoid making costly decisions once it comes time to play.
Mallett should not be drafted early in the second round; if he is, that team will be in a great position as they will have a young and talented quarterback that's ready, willing and able.