Raiders talk quarterback

The Oakland Raiders seem to have a stockpile of quarterbacks and it is possible that number could go up by one. They have invited one of the top signal callers to Alameda

USC quarterback Matt Leinart will visit the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, April 19, SilverandBlack.com has confirmed.

Considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in this draft class, many believe he will be long gone by the time the seventh pick rolls around. That has not stopped Oakland from doing the due diligence and brining him in for a visit and private workout.

The advantage of Leinart over other quarterbacks is he played in a pro-style offense under Pete Carroll.

"I think my overall preparation at USC is going to be an advantage. First playing behind Carson Palmer, who's a Pro Bowl quarterback, and learning from him. Playing against an NFL style defense and Coach (Pete) Carroll for five years - Troy Polamalu, Lofa Tatupu, guys that I've played against. Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian who was with the Raiders last year. Monte Kiffin, Lane's dad, is with the Bucs. So there's a lot of ties with the NFL. And obviously Norm Chow now being in the NFL. I think I've been prepared the best you can be prepared."

Leinart has also dealt with the pressure of being in LA and has two National Championships under his belt and a third game in which USC lost. Despite being considered a top talent last year, Leinart elected to stay in school to finish out his senior season.

In three seasons as a starter at USC, he had a combined record of 37-2, including 34 straight victories.

He became a three-time All American after completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 3,815 yards and 28 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

The one knock on the quarterback has been linked to a recent change in agents. He ditched Leigh Steinberg and is expected to sign on with Tom Condon and Creative Artists. The fear is Leinart may be seeking an equal share in acting as he is in football.

With the Raiders picking seventh, it would appear that a trade up the draft board would have to happen in order to secure his services.


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