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Ryan Leaf
QB, Washington St.

Name
Jsy
College
HT
WT
Ryan Leaf
16
Washington St.
6053
261

40
BP
SS
LS
VJ
BJ
Grade
Rd.
4.85
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
7.7
1


Background

3rd total offense...2nd in passing efficiency rating...1997: Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year...Pac-10 first team offense...Sporting News first-team All-American...AP second team All-American...Heisman trophy finalist...Davey O'Brien QB Award finalist...Maxwell Trophy finalist...Football News semi-finalist for player-of-the-year award...1996-started all 11 games...All-Pac-10 honorable mention...Sporting News All-American honorable mention...2nd in league and 17th nationally in total offense...1995- saw action in 9 games...backup QB for majority of season...finished year as starter vs. Washington...set passing record for ASU for the 1st start by a QB...member of the special teams for the 1st part of the season...used as backup in punt formation...1994- Redshirted...

High School

played for 2 yrs. at CM Russell high for Jack Johnson...all conference 2nd team in football and basketball..won state championships...named MVP of state game...missed 3 games as a senior due to broken thumb on throwing hand but still threw for 1403 yds and 16 TDs...punted and placement holder...

Academics

Pursuing Communication degree with anticipated Summer of 1998 graduation...

Stats

'97- 227/410-3968 yds.-11 int.- 34 TD...'96- 194/373- 2811 yds.- 12 int.- 21 TD...'95- 52/97- 654 yds.- 1 int.- 4 TD.

Summary

Leaf appears to be the hot QB in this draft, and he led WSU to a storybook season...He is a physically imposing QB with great size and strength....he is very sturdy and durable in the pocket, and is a surprisingly good athlete for his size...He has a strong arm and shows good touch, and can change up the speed on his passes...He has good feet, but is not really a scrambler. However, he can stand in and take the big hits....He is a very naturally gifted player, but could improve on his throwing mechanics, although it is not a major problem....There are no physical or athletic limitations to hold Leaf back from becoming a great NFL QB. However, there appears to be some minor nagging questions in the area of maturity and his mental approach to the game. He is perceived as not always an easy guy to work with, and he tends to beat to his own drummer...As good as he is, he can have some streaks on the field where he looks like he has forgotten everything he has been taught...There seems to be a nagging question here that something might be missing, but it may be hard to verbalize it...However, Leaf made all the right moves at the end of his season when he declared for the NFL draft...Unless he turns some teams off in individual interviews between now and the draft, he should have no problems....Nobody will question his physical abilities, and it is not outlandish to think that he could be the first pick of the draft, instead of Peyton Manning....There is a huge upside with Leaf, and it is conceivable that he could be one of the best young QBís in the game in 2-3 years...His ability to play as physical as he does and take the hits that will obviously come, when playing for a team that obviously doesnít have a very good OL, will help him get over the tough times as a team builds around him.

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