Scouting Report-Matt Leinart

Taking over for a Heisman Trophy winner and former number one pick in the NFL-draft should not be an easy task. Yet Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart has proven he is more than up to the task and is the buzz of the scouting world.

Full Name: Matt Leinart   School:  USC
Ht: 6-4  Wt: 220  40: 4.81

The Good:   Athletic passer with a live arm,  and the ability to throw all the passes. Sets up with solid footwork, shows excellent vision in the pocket and quickly finds the open wide out on the field. Patient, looks off the safety and takes the safe underneath route if nothing is available down the field. Displays excellent timing, senses the rush and stands in the pocket taking a hit in order to get the pass off. Challenges the vertical game, yet rarely makes mistakes or throws poor passes. Very accurate, hits targets on the mark and receivers rarely break stride to make the reception. Poised under pressure, knows where receivers are on the field and quickly gets the ball out of his hand.  

The Bad:   Not a mobile quarterback that eludes the rush. Gathers and takes a while to get the pass released when rolling outside the pocket. Has a tendency to stare down the primary target.  

The Skinny:   After seamlessly taking over for Heisman Trophy winner and former number one pick Carson Palmer, Leinart has not missed a beat and possesses outstanding potential for the next level. Could be used in a variety of systems as he combines both athletic skills and mental intangibles to lead a franchise at the next level. Must physically mature and is a quarterback prospect best served sitting on the sidelines for a season yet a signal caller a franchise can build a team around for the next decade.

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