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Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner is looking to impress NFL teams this week as a “throwing quarterback” — in a couple senses of the phrase.
As one of the last passers picked to attend this year’s scouting combine, the 23-year-old Lakeville native was asked by event organizers to be a “throwing quarterback,” which means he is doing double duty here in Indianapolis.
In addition to competing in quarterback drills Saturday with top prospects like Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson, Leidner was one of a few human Jugs machines for Friday’s on-field drills for running backs. And while the big guns will fly out of town after firing passes Saturday, he will stick around to throw to defenders Sunday and Monday.
Leidner feels fortunate to be here in that role, in part because the biggest question mark scouts and draft analysts seem to have about his game is, well, the throwing.
“They keep telling me to go out and sling it and have fun, show what you can do,” Leidner told reporters Thursday. “I have a great opportunity here.”
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