Who is the 2nd-best QB in the SEC? With Jevan Snead's collapse -- and Arkansas' break-out passing game -- it has to be Razorbacks QB Ryan Mallett.
Let's go one step further: I think that Mallett will be judged the better NFL prospect -- perhaps among the best NFL QB prospects in college football. (Yes, including Sam Bradford.) Mallett is like a taller Matt Stafford with an even better arm.
But Mallett is no Tebow -- don't let it escape you that in the Sporting News' latest NFL Mock Draft, they have Tim Tebow going 9th overall (within TimTeblog.com projections of Tebow going in the Top 10). Good news: 2nd QB taken. Bad news: To the Raiders. Ugh.
Remember when everyone thought Louisville's Brian Brohm was the best NFL prospect in college football -- then he came back to school instead of going into the draft and his stock collapsed.
Mallett -- coached by Brohm's old mentor, Bobby Petrino -- will see that, see what happened to Sam Bradford this season, see how much money Matt Stafford made and skedaddle into the NFL after this season (as a redshirt sophomore, he is eligible).
Anyway, all that adds up to an intriguing match-up between Mallett and Tebow this weekend. Of course, Tebow gets to play against Arkansas' soft defense, and Mallett will be challenged by what could turn out to be the best defense in the history of college football. Good luck with that.
With 48 hours until Florida-Arkansas, check out Jeremy Fowler's insightful tale-of-the-tape between Tebow and Mallett.
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More a little later.