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Scouting Report for Matt Leinart

by Kyle Trembley
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Player Info

Name: Matt Leinart

Position: QB
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
College: USC
Year: Sr
40 Time: 4.80
Scouting Report

One of the most NFL-ready prospects to ever enter the draft. Has played brilliantly in big games and against top competition throughout his college career. Solid NFL arm strength and terrific accuracy. Very refined throwing mechanics. Perfect size for an NFL quarterback, and will rarely have passes batted down. Mobile within the pocket. Tremendous leadership skills and a very positive attitude. Very bright and willing to put in however much work it takes to succeed. The kind of guy teams want as "the face of the franchise."

While his arm is good-enough, it's only middle-of-the-pack compared to other NFL quarterbacks. Will never be a threat to run. May be attached to winning and the "Hollywood" lifestyle, and have to adjust to rebuilding whatever team selects him. Slightly long throwing motion means he could take a beating in the NFL. Underwent knee surgery in the 2005 off-season, so durability is a bit of a concern.
All things considered, Matt Leinart is an elite-level quarterback prospect. His big-game experience, leadership ability, and NFL skill-set are a combination unmatched by any other quarterback in this draft, or in most others. Leinart is the rare quarterback that has a good chance to be able to not only start immediately, but play decently as a rookie. While he is going to need considerable talent around him to be a great NFL quarterback and the Tom Brady comparisons are very premature, Matt Leinart is a prototypical NFL quarterback who, at the very least, will be a very good player at the next level.
Draft Outlook:
The chances of Leinart not being a top 3 pick are slim to none. With the large number of teams in the NFL that need a quarterback, specifically those drafting near the top, he'll either be selected by a team drafting in the top three, or by a team that trades up to one of those spots. Tennessee would be unlikely to pass on him if he was available, however, as would New Orleans if they don't sign a free agent.

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