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Ryan Leaf is an all-time bust.
In fact, he's the all-time bust.
But there was a time when Leaf was considered to be just as good, and maybe even better, than future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
In the 1998 draft, the Chargers gave up the third overall pick, a future first- and second-rounder and Pro Bowl RB/WR Eric Metcalf to move up one spot to guarantee a shot at Manning or Leaf. After the Colts took Manning, the Chargers were more than happy to take Leaf, and it looked like both teams had their quarterbacks of the future.
In camp, Leaf did little to endow himself to his teammates, but he performed well on the field and went into the regular season as the consensus starter.
Leaf impressed in his first two starts and led San Diego to a 2-0 record to begin his career. But in his third game against the Chiefs, Leaf completed one pass, threw two interceptions and fumbled three times. His career never recovered.
Leaf was eventually benched for backup Craig Whelihan and finished his rookie season with just two TD passes and 15 interceptions. He won just three games in nine starts.