Profootballtalk.com reported today that Arkansas Quarterback Ryan Mallett is scheduled to visit Cincinnati for a private workout with Bengal coaches and scouts at the end of the week. PFT had this to say about Mallett:
Mallett has an outstanding arm, but he’s awkward on his feet and there are questions about his mental makeup.
They went on to point out the obvious: That the Bengals are likely not considering Mallett with the fourth overall pick, but are more interested in him at the 2nd round or later. However, John Clayton of ESPN feels that if Florida State signal-caller Christian Ponder is still on the board when the Bengals pick in round two, he’ll be their guy:
Florida State’s Ponder isn’t going to fall below Cincinnati’s pick in the second round
Either way, it looks less and less likely that the team will take their QB of the future in round one, especially considering that Cam Newton is now looking like the number one overall pick to Carolina, or at worst, to the Bills at three.
Nonetheless, PFT thinks the team will still go QB in round one, even with Newton long gone. They tab Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert to the Bengals in their latest mock draft:
If Carson Palmer skips the season (likely) and there’s no pre-draft free agency (also likely), who’s going to play quarterback in Cincinnati? Palmer is in physical decline anyhow, so even stubborn Bengals owner Mike Brown can’t afford to pass on perhaps the highest-rated passer in the draft.
Personally, I still say the team should upgrade the WR, DL, or DB positions with the fourth pick, and address the QB of the future situation in round two.