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HCA: Mike Leach defends Gardner Minshew against NFL scouts

Gardner Minshew didn’t go until the 6th round to the Jaguars, but it’s clear Mike Leach thinks he’ll have a pretty good pro career.

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Gardner Minshew was selected in the 6th round of this years NFL draft, heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Some analysts and fans believe that he may be a steal that late in the draft. Apparently, those analysts include Mike Leach.

Earlier this week, the WSU head coach appeared on the NFL Network to talk about his interactions with NFL scouts during the draft process. Leach said that he had plenty of conversations with scouts and, as always, stood his ground and even compared the Mississippi Mustache to an all-time NFL great.

“The funny thing is, people would call me about him and they’d ask, ‘How’s his arm?’ Leach told host Andrew Siciliano. “His arm is good. ‘Is he accurate?’ I mean, I’m wondering if they’re real scouts if they start asking me if he’s accurate. And then, ‘How strong is his arm?’ And it’s running through my mind, Did you really watch his film?”

“And then his pocket presence? He’s got great pocket presence,” Leach continued, “that’s probably what he does best — he doesn’t take negative plays. And then they’d say, ‘How tall is he?’ I’d say, ‘Well, he’s exactly as tall as the all-time leading passer in the history of the NFL, Drew Brees.’ So then there’s this long, long, long pause, just really long. Because scouts have the ability to scrutinize and perceive life at a much higher level than you or I, mere mortals can.”

(H/T to Pro Football Talk for the transcription)

Leach has had his share of prolific passers in the college game... But they never really translate their air raid success into the NFL game. From Kliff Kingsbury to Graham Harrell and Luke Falk, many Leach quarterbacks have gotten their shot at the pros, but they haven’t found success.

Maybe Minshew will find success when others didn’t. He appears have found a pretty great fit with a Jacksonville team that sees him pretty highly. Minshew will have his first shot at impressing the Jags during their rookie minicamp starting on Friday as he tries to beat our Tanner Lee and Cody Kessler for a backup spot behind Nick Foles.

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