After THE Ohio State defense made Ryan Mallett pay for being Ryan Mallett in the Sugar Bowl, he was mixed in with other quarterbacks that planned on entering the draft in 2011. That was, of course, until the combine when Mallett emerged as the best pure passer of the entire group.
The 6-6, 238 pound quarterback may be viewed as the closest thing to a Carson Palmer carbon copy (minus the character concerns, of course) that the 2011 NFL draft class can supply. Maybe that's the reason that, according to a source "close to the situation," Mallett is set to visit the Bengals for two days after his workout with the Dolphins.
Following his workout with the Dolphins this week, the Bengals will bring Mallett to Cincinnati for a two-day visit on Thursday and Friday. This should not come as a surprise with Cincinnati's quarterback position in turmoil after starter Carson Palmer demanded to be traded and threatened to retire. The Bengals said they would not trade Palmer but are looking at potential replacements in the event Palmer does not return.
Mallett said in a recent interview that he didn't feel "ambushed" by any of the personal questions asked of him about past drug use during his interviews with teams during the combine.
Mallett said at Arkansas' pro day earlier this month that he didn't feel ambushed by the questions he received at the NFL combine in Indianapolis about drug use rumors. He added that he doesn't regret any of the answers he gave.
Also at Mallett's pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash, completed the broad jump and vertical jump and showed off his arm while throwing to several receivers.
At his pro day, Mallett ran the 40-yard dash in 5.37 seconds. He pulled up almost immediately after taking off on his first attempt down the indoor track, stating afterward that he got off to a bad start. He decided against running the sprint a third time.
Mallett posted a vertical jump of 26 inches and a broad jump of 8 feet, 7.25 inches. He showed his strong arm while throwing passes to several of his former Arkansas wide receivers and tight ends, including a few deep throws that were on target.
In his last season in Arkansas, Mallett threw for 3,869 yards for 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.