Draft Status: No. 2 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 NBA Draft
Players the Chargers Could Have Had: Charles Woodson, Fred Taylor, Takeo Spikes, or Randy Moss.
Arrogant, petulant, temperamental, immature, classless, and overrated. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe the greatest bust in sports history.
There is a tape of Ryan Leaf in the locker room after one of his many embarrassments, reading a prepared letter of apology in an "I couldn't care less" dead pan voice, expressing his sorrow for being such a jerk. Then less than a minute later, that same tape shows Leaf trying to physically attack a reporter and having to be restrained by Junior Seau.
Typical Ryan Leaf.
Going into the 1998 draft, the raging debate among draft geeks wasn't if Leaf would be a good pro or not, but rather was he going to be better than Tennessee signal caller Peyton Manning.
The Chargers were so impressed with Leaf that they actually traded two first round picks, and a second round pick, to Arizona for the rights to draft the Washington State star.
Leaf was a talented player with a horrific attitude toward just about everybody he encountered, who felt he didn't have to listen to anybody, in particular his coaches.
In his only full season in San Diego, Leaf might have had the worst season of any quarterback in NFL history, finishing the year with two touchdowns, 15 interceptions, a 45% completion percentage, and a passing rating of 39.
For his career Leaf finished with 25 games played, a 47% completion percentage, 14 touchdowns, 36 interceptions, and a passer rating of 50.
Ryan Leaf might have been as talented as Peyton Manning, but he's also a poster boy for the old cliche; "your attitude determines your altitude."