The big question in 1998 was who should be taken with the No. 1 pick, Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf. It wasnt a question for long. Leaf, the second pick out of Washington State, couldnt handle the NFL mentally or physically. His first season the quarterback out of threw two touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. Game 3 of his rookie season was most disastrous, as he completed one of 15 passes for four yards and fumbled three times. He played in 25 NFL games, was 4-17 as a starter, completed just 48.4 percent of his passes, threw 14 touchdowns versus 36 interceptions, had a paltry quarterback rating of 50.0 and had several meltdowns in dealings with the press.
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