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 Post subject: Corey Leonard, QB, Arkansas State
PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:01 am 
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Corey Leonard
Arkansas State Senior

Pros: Has a good, strong arm that flashes ability to thread the needle. Has good mobility and can make plays with his legs when the pass breaks down. He's a tough runner and does a good job keeping his eyes downfield when he's on the move. Flashes potential as a vertical passer showing good touch down the seams.

Cons: Has inconsistent accuracy, overthrowing and underthrowing receivers too much. Tends to stare down receivers and doesn't go through his progressions. Needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and hasn't perfected the ability to slide to avoid the rush. Needs to have his release tweaked as he tends to drop the ball low at the beginning of his windup. Needs to improve his decision making and be more consistent there.

Overview: What Leonard makes up for in lack of size is having a good strong arm and athleticism. He is not a consistent passer, but flashes potential from time to time to compete at the next level.

NFL Forecast: He's the type of quarterback that often goes undrafted, gets brought to a camp, and surprisingly lands a roster position because the team likes his tools and upside. Leonard isn't really a threat to be a starter at any point during his career. He's just too inconsistent and it's doubtful that will ever be coached out of him. But he has a lot of the tools that NFL offenses like to work with, and his arm strength is what could potentially catch a coach's eye. He needs to player smarter, more consistent, and do a better job reading defenses. All of those things can be improved with time, patience, and being able to carry the clipboard for a few years. Down the road, he can compete for a No. 2 job, but he's not as consistent or accurate enough to really hang onto that role. He's not going ot be a great game manager unless he is really coached up.

ATL Forecast: Leonard is good enough to push for the No. 3 job, but isn't consistent enough to be able to land it right away. But he could potentailly land a role on the practice squad and then challenge again for the No. 3 job. But Leonard doesn't really have any more upside than a player like Wilson or Shockley, and thus there isn't really any reason to believe that he could unseat either for the No. 2 job down the road.

Value: For a team looking to open up their No. 3 job, Leonard would be worth a late seventh round pick. But he's more in line with the talent you take after the draft is over because he's too inconsistent.

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