Magazine article Insight on the News

Ready or Not, Here Comes Vick

Magazine article Insight on the News

Ready or Not, Here Comes Vick

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Virginia Tech's Michael Vick wasn't even a finalist for last year's Heisman Trophy, but he remains the odds-on top pick in the National Football League's draft -- despite being a redshirt sophomore. The 20-year-old can toss a football 80 yards, then out-run everybody to get it. But is he ready for the rough world of professional football?

"It's going to be tough," Vick acknowledges. "I'm going to be a rookie all over again. I have tons and tons of things to learn. The one thing I want to do is go in respecting my teammates and coaches and show them that I'm willing to do what it takes to learn and be the best."

With the San Diego Chargers holding the top pick, Vick's peril is clear. The Chargers selected Washington State's Ryan Leaf with the No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft and coped with the quarterback's immature behavior until recently waiving him. Vick's brief college experience pitted him mostly against suspect defenses in the Big East. And, the story goes, he considered moving to wide receiver as a freshman because the Hokies' offense was too complex. …

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