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If you're like me and the words "Draft" and "Burnout" never seem to fit together, you've undoubtedly already teased yourself by looking at the various 2011 Mock Drafts that dot the internet landscape. I understand it's an exercise in futility to try and figure out the 2011 Draft before a down has even been played, but there has been one glaring issue that can be beaten back even at this point.
Quite a few mocks have pegged the Jaguars to take Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. It is the same kind of lazy pick that had many of these same people peg Tim Tebow to the Jaguars last year. Have the Jaguars all but set up a giant sign saying they're taking a QB next year? Yes. However, nothing Gene Smith has done would indicate he would take Mallett.
Mallett was arrested in May 2009 for public intoxication in Fayetteville. As I've said before, I would like to know just how plastered a starting QB has to be to get arrested in a college town. Not to mention there are a plethora of rumors about Mallett that make you think he has a 10 cent head to go along with his $10 million arm and you can see why Gene Smith would quickly take Mallett off his board.
Do I fully believe the Jaguars will take a QB in the first round next April? Yes. Is there any chance that QB will be Ryan Mallett? No.