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Ryan Mallett gets rave reviews for Combine effort

Bobby Petrino, Ryan Mallett

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 31, 2010, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, left, watches quarterback Ryan Mallett throw to a receiver during a practice for the upcoming Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Ohio State in New Orleans. The University of Arkansas said, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, Mallett, a junior who led the Razorbacks to a 10-3 season and a spot in the Sugar Bowl, has declared for the April 27-29 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett bounced back from a rough Saturday afternoon by doing what he does best: Spinning the football.

Mallett received uniformly rave reviews for his throwing performance on Sunday. PFT talked to Tony Pauline of and, who called the performance the best quarterback effort at the Combine of the last ten years.

(The bad news: Joey Harrington was the last effort Pauline recalls that was this good.)

Pauline said Mallett’s accuracy was “pinpoint.” He always led his receivers with perfect timing. No one doubted Mallett’s arm strength or ability to throw well in shorts, but he may have exceeded expectations.

Rob Rang of agreed with Pauline’s assessment, saying Mallett was the “unquestioned star” of the first group of quarterbacks. (Cam Newton is in the next group.)

Mallett’s draft stock has been a hot topic here over the last 24 hours. Some teams reportedly don’t have Mallett on their draft board. Other scouts see him as a late second round pick.

As we’ve learned over the years, you only need one team to fall in love with your potential. Mallett’s performance on Sunday should only help.