2011 NFL Draft: What Happened to Quarterback Ryan Mallett in Round One?

Dave MorrisonSenior Writer IApril 29, 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 2011 NFL Draft saw four quarterbacks get selected in the first round. None of them were Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The four quarterbacks drafted before Mallett were Auburn's Cam Newton, who was selected first overall as expected, Washington's Jake Locker as a surprising eighth overall pick, followed closely by Missouri's Blaine Gabbert to Jacksonville and Christian Ponder of Florida State to the Minnesota Vikings. 

The first round concluded with Mallett still available. 

There is no question that Mallett has a cannon for an arm and has the frame built to be an NFL quarterback—so what is the issue?

Well, it's not really one thing so much as a collection of little things that result in one big concern for an NFL franchise.

One aspect would be the drug and character issues that have been following Mallett around leading up to the draft. The other concerns have been with Mallett's cannon of an arm. His accuracy has been questioned for short to medium throws and his mobility is not at an elite level, making him vulnerable to the quicker pass rushes he will see in the NFL.

So with that said, does Mallett sound like a guy you would waste a first-round pick on?

Thought so.

Mallett will be there later and his NFL ceiling isn't high enough to be a first-round pick. His limited NFL skill set and character issues are the clear reasons Mallett didn't go in the first round.