NFL Draft Scouting Report: Matt Leinart

Consecutive national titles and a Heisman Trophy- what more could a college quarterback ask for? How about being the first pick in the NFL Draft? That's what many predict for USC senior signal caller Matt Leinart.

Full Name:  Matt Leinart  School  USC

Ht:   6-4  Wt  224  40: 4.9

Pos: Productive left handed passer with outstanding field awareness.  Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and quickly finds the open wide out.  Does a terrific job selling ball fakes, looks off opposing safeties and consistently goes to secondary targets.  Throws with an over-the-top delivery and displays an adequate deep arm as well as accuracy down the field.  Moves behind the line of scrimmage trying to find open pass catchers and always working to make something positive happen.  Quick setting up and releasing the ball off a three-step drop.  

Neg: Immobile and cannot escape the rush.  Does not drive the ball downfield.

Analysis: After winning the Heisman Trophy last December, Leinart passed up the opportunity to be a top five pick in the NFL draft for anther season in college.  Mentally understanding the game, Leinart does a terrific job commanding the offense and possesses great intangibles.  May not be productive in a system which wants a consistent vertical offense yet a quarterback who can start in the NFL.


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