2011 NFL Draft: 10 NFL Teams That May Draft Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJanuary 16, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: 10 NFL Teams That May Draft Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

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    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
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    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

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    Mentor for Mallett
    Mentor for MallettAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    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

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    One and Done for Clausen?
    One and Done for Clausen?Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    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

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    Pete Needs a QB
    Pete Needs a QBOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    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

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    Shanahan hopes to have better luck with his next QB
    Shanahan hopes to have better luck with his next QBWin McNamee/Getty Images

    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

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    Mallett could work as understudy for Garrard
    Mallett could work as understudy for GarrardScott Boehm/Getty Images

    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

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    Will The Bills Trust in Fitzpatrick?
    Will The Bills Trust in Fitzpatrick?Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    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

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    Is Mallett in the Cards for Arizona?
    Is Mallett in the Cards for Arizona?Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    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

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    Favre is Retired.....right?
    Favre is Retired.....right?Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    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

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    Titans looking for a fresh start
    Titans looking for a fresh startGrant Halverson/Getty Images

    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

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    QB could make all the differnce in SF
    QB could make all the differnce in SFEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    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.

Final Destination?

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    Mallett is Ready for the NFL
    Mallett is Ready for the NFLMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Final Destination

    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.

    Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com.