Some analysts consider Mallett to be the best pure passer in this year's draft and project the 6-foot-6, 238-pound quarterback to sneak into the first round, where the Bengals pick fifth and the Dolphins 15th.
Mallett is coming off strong performances at last month's NFL Scouting Combine and his Arkansas' pro day on March 8. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks said Mallett displayed good arm strength and accuracy at his pro day, suggesting that his natural athletic ability is unrivaled among this year's crop of quarterbacks.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that quarterback Chad Henne will face stiff competition for the starting position entering next season, meaning the team will likely look to add a quarterback. Tom Brandstater is the only other quarterback presently on the Dolphins' roster.
Mallett threw for 3,869 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Razorbacks last season.