Scouting Report: In this day and age, having a franchise quarterback is essential to winning a championship. Looking at the Arkansas Razorbacks Ryan Mallett you have see franchise quarterback potential. He's a giant kid, with a muscular build and a cocky smile. When you watch him play, you see a ton of that potential, and all the physical tools you want to see. He's got a cannon for an arm, and throws the best deep ball of any quarterback in the nation. He's got command of the offense, does a great job with reads and checkdowns, and has supreme confidence. On the other hand, his footwork is shoddy, mainly from his height and he has lapses in judgment that cost his team dearly in 2009. Oh, and because of his size, he's got very little mobility, and while he isn't afraid to step up in the pocket and even stand in and take a hit to make a throw, he's shown some susceptibility to pressure when doing so. He also doesn't scramble well and hasn't really shown that he can work well in a designed rollout. Mallett still has a lot of upside but he's going to need some grooming as well.
Draft Status: If he does, and he can, work out well, there's no doubt some team will scoop him up in the first round based on his physical gifts and super high ceiling. Mallett has what NFL scouts are looking for in a franchise Quarterback and with Andrew Luck heading back to school Mallett could be even be a Top 10 pick.
Final Analysis: I've been on Mallett's bandwagon since 2009, so I'm not hoping off now. But Mallett has once again been up and down. He's still showing the NFL All Pro caliber arm, and the ability to make every throw on the field. He's shown better accuracy this year, even though he still at times floats his deep throws. When he tries too hard to make touch throws he will get his trajectory too low and throw almost into the ground. Another part of his game that reared it's ugly head this year was the struggles with pressure that forces him to step up. He actually shows good feet when being forced outside the pocket to the edge, keeping his head up and throwing well. But when the pressure forces him to step up, where most quarterbacks can step into a throw, he tends to pull the ball down and struggle to find the receivers again. With that said, he's got all the physical tools you could want, assuming you don't want a guy who can run. He's been working out of an NFL style offense and does very well out of playaction. He's also been a big reason behind Arkansas' success in the toughest conference in football. I think if Mallett can get on a team where he can sit behind a veteran for a year or two, he'll get the footwork issues sorted out, and just mature as a player.
Reminds me of: Joe Flacco QB Baltimore Ravens - Both are big tall, strong armed quarterbacks, and have similar strengths and weaknesses.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy