Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by OLDSCHOOL, Jan 3, 2005.
Undecided to this point...wait until after bowl game Tuesday...
We will know after Tuesday game. He wont announce anything before that. Word is though - that he is coming out and has already selected an agent.
Here is the article
LEINART SAYING "SO LONG" TO SC
A league source tells us that USC quarterback Matt Leinart will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
Per the source, Leinart has selected agent Leigh Steinberg, a quarterback specialist who has re-emerged as one of the top agents, due in large part to this year's performance of Steelers rookie signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger.
Leinart, in our view, is making the right call. He's starred for two years with the Trojans, and he's bagged a Heisman. Returning next year will carry no upside -- and at the same time expose Leinart to the risk of serious injury and/or poor play, either of which would hurt his draft stock come 2006.
And given that the pool of draft-eligible quarterbacks this year is on the thin side, Leinart has a greater chance to cash in if he leaves now.
I hope he comes out.
We need some guys to drop to us.
Plus, woudn't he be a top 5 pick? Possibly even top 3?
USC QB intends to return for fifth year
NEW YORK -- Matt Leinart owns a Heisman Trophy and a national title -- and he's got a shot at another championship coming up in less than a month.
Matt Leinart is the sixth USC player to hoist the Heisman.
The Southern California quarterback is likely to be a high first-round NFL draft choice in April if he decides to skip his senior season.
It would seem as though Leinart must be a lock to go pro, right? No so fast: He's been saying since last year he wants to use all of his college eligibility. And moments after clutching the Heisman, he hadn't changed his tune.
"That's a question I get asked a lot," the fourth-year junior said Saturday night after becoming the Trojans' sixth Heisman winner. "But I'm sticking to my word that I still intend to return for my fifth year.
"I'm aware of the opportunity; we'll see what happens."
Leinart won what was thought to be a close race most of the season rather handily. The 6-foot-5 left-hander received 1,325 points and won all but one of the six voting regions. He finished third in the Southwest behind Oklahoma teammates Adrian Peterson and Jason White.
The close race was for second, where Peterson edged White 997-957. White, last year's winner, was trying to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners of college football's biggest individual prize.
"They're both No. 1 in my eyes," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
Leinart and the top-ranked Trojans will face White, Peterson and the Sooners in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 in the first matchup of players with Heisman trophies.
White said Griffin, who won the Heisman in 1974-75, tracked him down after the presentation ceremony.
"He said ... 'Wish you could have joined me,"' White said.
"I think he might have a guy coming up who might join him," White added, referring to Peterson.
The 210-pound tailback set a new Heisman standard for freshmen: He was the first to finish higher than third in the voting. Peterson's point total was also a freshman record, besting Georgia tailback Herschel Walker's 683 in 1980.
Peterson's freshman season will go down as one of the best in college football history. He has rushed for 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns with a freshman-record 11 100-yard games. He's only 20 yards from breaking the NCAA's season rushing record for freshmen, set by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1996.
Utah quarterback Alex Smith was fourth, and USC tailback Reggie Bush was fifth.
Smith is a junior, and Bush is a sophomore, so it's possible four of the five Heisman finalists could be playing college football next season. Leinart will undoubtedly enter next season as a Heisman favorite if he's back, but Peterson and Bush will also have plenty of momentum.
Bush has scored 15 touchdowns and provided some of the most dazzling plays of the season as a do-it-all tailback for USC.
Leinart became USC's second Heisman winner in three years; Carson Palmer won it in 2002 and now plays quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Trojans had four Heisman-winning tailbacks from 1965-81 -- starting with Mike Garrett, now the Trojans' athletic director, followed by O.J. Simpson in '68, Charles White in '79 and Marcus Allen.
"I told [Bush], 'You'll be standing up there next season,' and he said, 'I know,' " Garrett said.
I'm hoping he drop to us or we make a move up and pick him.
I would rather have Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith myself, but i would not mind Leinart at all.
He was saying he was going back to school right after the Heisman ceremony. Its become less and less firm in the following weeks. I'd put money on him hitting the Draft this year. There is zero upside to him returning to the NCAA next year. Hes likley one of the first three picks. USC has won the NCAA title with him there. Just doesn't seem like there is a big reason for him to return. And supposedly the USC staff is telling him he should go pro.