2011 NFL Draft: 10 NFL Teams That May Draft Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
2011 NFL Draft: The Top 5 Projected NFL teams for Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
The Arkansas Razorbacks are going to miss Ryan Mallett. He masterfully controlled the Hogs wide open offense and nearly shattered every record possible.
Mallett amassed over 8,000 yards at Arkansas while tossing 69 touchdowns. He improved every year at quarterback rating, yardage, and completion percentage while at Arkansas, proving he can learn and improve as he matures.
He has the size, accuracy and potential many NFL teams covet. He will be drafted this year, but the question remains, who will draft him?
Here is a look at 10 teams that can take a shot on Ryan Mallett on draft day, in order of the likelihood of selecting him.
10. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals don’t need a quarterback now because Carson Palmer is still a very serviceable field general in the NFL. However, this season, he showed signs of breaking down, and he is always injury-prone.
Ryan Mallet could have a few years to mature and learn under Palmer and would be on a decent team to start his career. As of now, the backup quarterback for the Bengals is Jordon Palmer, Carson’s brother and that won’t last long.
The overall four pick may be too early for Mallett so they will most likely improve on defense. Still an outside shot they grab Mallett.
9. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers won’t draft Mallett No. 1, but they are definitely in the market for a quarterback.
The Panthers hired Ron Rivera as head coach, and he has a defensive background. So, the first pick will most likely go on defense, but the need is still there. If they decide to trade the first pick or Mallett slips in the draft, the Panthers may take a shot on him.
8. Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll insists he wants to sign Matt Hasselbeck to stay on with the team, but he is not the future of this team. It’s highly unlikely Charlie Whitehurst will be the man for years to come either, so that leaves the Seahawks looking or a quarterback.
Jake Locker would give them some local flavor, but Mallett will fit well in the system that Carroll wants to run. The Seahawks will draft late this year so Mallett at this point would be a nice pick.
7. Washington Redskins
Mike Shanahan had a few quarterback problems this year with his current passers and would most certainly be interested in an upgrade.
The Redskins will most likely trade Donovan McNabb, and the future of the franchise is not Rex Grossman. Drafting Mallett in the No. 10 spot just makes sense for this team.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars need a quarterback to learn under current signal caller, David Garrard. The only decision is which quarterback to take.
At No. 16, the Jags may not have a choice in the matter as several quarterbacks can be off the board by the time they choose. If Mallett is still around, the Jags will jump at the chance to get this kind of talent.
5. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills got a surprisingly good year out of Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He passed for over 3,000 yards and 23 scores, yet he was not the starter at the beginning of the season.
If the Bills can get Mallett, he could work a year or two under the guidance of Fitzpatrick and get to know the system. Fitzpatrick is a good quarterback for now but will not be the future of this franchise. That is where Mallett fits in.
4. Arizona Cardinals
The Derek Anderson experiment in Arizona is a bust, and Max Hall and John Skelton could not get the job done in limited opportunity.
A quarterback is on the must-have list for the Cardinals if they want to compete in the NFC West. Since 7-9 got the Seahawks to the playoffs this year, drafting Mallett could be the thing that puts this team over the spot.
The fifth overall spot may be too early for Mallett, but if the birds want a QB, he will be there.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Brett Favre era is over in Minnesota, and it’s time the Vikings went shopping for a signal caller.
Joe Webb performed well in his few starts at the end of the season, but it’s always nice to have more than one quarterback in the stall just in case one doesn’t pan out.
Many of the mock drafts have the Vikings drafting Cam Newton, but why would they want two quarterbacks with the same skill set? Mallett provides the Vikings with a pro-set quarterback and a mobile quarterback in Webb.
Don’t be surprised if the Vikings scoop him up at No. 12.
2. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans recently announced they will part ways with Vince Young, and veteran Kerry Collins is not the future of the franchise.
Jeff Fisher and Bud Adams will most likely steer clear from Cam Newton due to his similarities with Young and nab Ryan Mallett. Mallett can grow in this system that features the running of Chris Johnson to protect him from aggressive defenses.
At the No. 8 spot, Mallett will still be around and too good to pass up.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Jim Harbaugh is the new head coach of the 49ers, and he has to believe the first step to reviving this program is getting a quarterback for the future.
Harbaugh will most likely tell Alex Smith and Troy Smith they can compete for a job, but it’s quite evident the QB is the weakness of this team.
At No. 7 overall, Ryan Mallett will be there and unless Blaine Gabbert drops, they should snatch up Mallett with this pick.
The most likely spot for Mallett to land is in San Francisco, but this is the NFL and anything can happen. Whoever drafts Mallet will get a quality leader on the field with some strong upside.
He is overflowing with potential and would be a solid pick for any NFL team looking to build for the future.
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