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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 1. Matt Leinart, USC Matt Leinart's southpaw delivery might give some potential suitors some pause. Matt Leinart's southpaw delivery might give some potential suitors some pause. Positives: Perfect size (6-foot-4 and 224 pounds) for an NFL quarterback because he is ...

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Old 03-07-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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1. Matt Leinart, USC

Matt Leinart's southpaw delivery might give some potential suitors some pause.
Matt Leinart's southpaw delivery might give some potential suitors some pause.
Positives: Perfect size (6-foot-4 and 224 pounds) for an NFL quarterback because he is tall enough to easily see over linemen and has a chance to hold up to physical punishment resulting from poor protection and rookie mistakes in picking up the blitz, etc. ... Large hands and long arms are also plusses. ... Very good accuracy, especially on touch passes. ... Excels at reading coverages and quickly finding open receiver. ... Better footwork than one might expect for his large frame, and is quick to set up for throws. ... Strong leadership; doesn't rattle easily vs. pressure or when faced with adversity.

Negatives: Arm strength unspectacular, but good enough that it shouldn't prove a major problem. ... As a lefty, will force team that drafts him to focus on putting best pass-blocking tackle on the right, which is uncommon. ... Long throwing motion could give defensive backs an edge on anticipating where his passes go. ... Poor mobility, but is a talented enough passer to overcome that and be the first quarterback selected.
2. Vince Young, Texas (underclassman)

Vince Young is being compared to Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper.
Vince Young is being compared to Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper.
Positives: Exceptional combination of size (6-5 and 230 pounds) and off-the-charts athleticism make him an extremely rare talent. ... Outstanding speed and mobility make him a constant threat to run, and will keep defenses occupied with mainly trying to minimize the damage he can do with his feet. ... Quick enough to avoid pressure in the pocket and keep a play alive, but strong enough to break tackles when he does run. ... Showed tremendous poise in leading the Longhorns and scoring his winning touchdown run for the national championship in the Rose Bowl, the biggest football stage this side of the Super Bowl.

Negatives: Stories of poor results on intelligence test at the Scouting Combine were overblown, but could prove damaging to what once seemed like a surefire top-three (or top) pick. ... Sidearm delivery makes throws vulnerable to being knocked down. ... Overall passing mechanics are raw and need work. ... Patience and decision-making in the pocket.
3. Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt

Jay Cutler won big points with the scouts when he worked out at the Combine.
Jay Cutler won big points with the scouts when he worked out at the Combine.
Positives: Strong arm and overall strength emanating from solid, 6-2, 223-pound frame. ... Makes every kind of throw, but is especially impressive on deep outs and squeezing the ball through small openings. ... Intelligence, patience in the pocket, and progression reads. ... Took advantage of having stage all to himself during Scouting Combine workouts, in which Leinart and Young did not participate, with mostly impressive performance.

Negatives: Occasional overconfidence with arm strength can lead to gambles that backfire. ... Has some work to do on overall mechanics and getting rid of the ball quicker. ... Wasn't tremendously accurate during Combine throwing drills.
4. Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green (underclassman)

Positives: Size (6-4 and 224 pounds), strength, and athleticism. ... Strong arm, large hands. ... Puts plenty of zip on deep outs and is able to get the ball into tight spaces ... Wonderful accuracy and touch on short and intermediate throws.

Negatives: Tends to pull down the ball and run too soon; needs to become more comfortable working from the pocket. ... Throwing mechanics require work. ... Field vision, ability to read defenses.
5. Brodie Croyle, Alabama

Positives: Strong arm, nice touch. ... Quick release that is enhanced by exceptionally fast throwing motion. ... Reads defenses well. ... Makes good decisions throwing from the pocket. ... Leadership.

Negatives: At 6-2, faces a challenge seeing over linemen, and 205-pound frame could make him susceptible to injuries. NFL stock already has been hurt by injury-filled collegiate career. ... Accuracy and touch on shorter routes. ... Pocket awareness and ability to avoid pressure.

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