40-Yard Dash: 5.00 (est)
During his career at USC, Matt Leinart has shown good accuracy on all routes, to go along with good down-field vision. He throws one of the best deep balls in college football, putting the ball where only his guy can get it. Leinart has good pocket presence and is mobile enough to avoid the pressure, but he usually won't break a big run. He has shown he can play against top tier defenses in pressure situations. He shows great composure and leadership on the field.
Leinart's foot work isn't as good as it could be, but it obviously hasn't hurt him. However, if he works this out he will be an even better QB. The other area of concern for Leinart is his arm strength. While he has the arm to throw the ball deep, he doesn't, as of right now, have the arm to efficiently throw the deep out in the NFL.
While there aren't many knocks on Leinart there are a few that could hurt him in the NFL. He will most likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, depending on who holds the pick. He's comparable to Tom Brady coming out of college, only more well known. The two biggest questions for him when he enters the league will be: Can he consistently play well against good defenses, and can he be just as effective without all the talent that he had surrounding him at USC?
- Heisman Trophy Winner
- Rose Bowl MVP
- Walter Camp Award
- AP player of the year
- Touchdown Club Manning Award
- Touchdown Club QB of the year
- Victor Award player of the year
- Sullivan Award Finalist
- AP All-American first team
- Football Coaches All-American first team
- Pac-10 Co-offensive player of the year
- Pre-season All-American
- Orange Bowl MVP
- Unitas Award
- Heisman Trophy Finalist
- All-American Offensive Player
- LA Sports Sportsman of the Year
- Sporting News Sportsman of the Year