Ryan Mallett over Blaine Gabbert?

March, 17, 2011
I’ve met colleague KC Joyner several times, but never thought to ask him what the “C” stands for. Think I just figured it out -- Contrarian.

While it seems like everyone else in the world is arguing whether Auburn’s Cam Newton or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert is the best quarterback in the 2011 draft, Joyner’s taking a stand I haven’t seen anyone else attempt. He’s saying Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett is the best quarterback in this class.

Not sure I agree with that and, at least at the moment, I’m thinking Gabbert is the quarterback prize in this draft and a possible pick for the Carolina Panthers at No. 1. There are plenty of others out there who think you can swap Newton in there and I wouldn’t argue too much with that.

But Mallett? I’m not so sure.

However, I urge you to read Joyner’s piece in its entirety. He’s big on metrics and he backs up his points. Agree or don’t agree, but ponder what he has to say.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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