Quarterback Ryan Mallett in Cincy today

lastnameMallettFormer Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is scheduled to begin his two-day visit in Cincinnati on Thursday. Mallett could be a target for the Bengals if they decide to look for "quarterback insurance" outside the first round.

Cincinnati franchise quarterback Carson Palmer demanded a trade this offseason and threatened to retire. The Bengals said they refuse to trade Palmer but will take his threats serious in the event he doesn't return.

Mallett is arguably the best pure passer in the draft, but character concerns could keep him out the first round. Earlier this week Mallett held a private workout for the Miami Dolphins, who are also seeking help at quarterback.