Sot the first round has come and gone. From it, we saw four quarterbacks come off the board (Jake Locker at eight?! Christian Ponder at twelve!?) But two high profile quarterbacks still remain: Andy Dalton of TCU and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas.
Many have long figured that the Bills (picking second in the second round) and Bengals (picking third) are in the market for a new signal-caller. Don’t bet it on with Buffalo – the coaching staff is genuinely pleased with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bengals, on the other hand, are more of a mystery.
We’ll find out Friday exactly where the Bengals stand on the Carson Palmer saga. Mike Brown is a sucker for top-notch athletes (character concerns be damned) and it’s possible that Mallett was Cincy’s targeted quarterback all along. If that’s the case (and this is merely educated speculation that it is), then the Bengals find themselves with a golden opportunity to cut bait with Palmer and commit to their future.
We’ll find out Friday.
Tom Murphy of Arkansas Online spent draft night with the 70 Mallett family members and friends at Steel Wings duck lodge in Humnoke, AR. As the first round concluded, Mallett said, “Whatever team is going to be smart enough to pick me, we’re going to make something happen. I just want to play ball, that’s what I say.
“I’m not disappointed. I mean I’m disappointed, but I have a chance to play in the NFL, so I’m not too disappointed.”
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