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- Arizona Selects QB Matt Leinart

Chris Pokorny April 29, 2006
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With the tenth pick in the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected quarterback Matt Leinart of USC. The Cardinals probably got the steal of the draft at this point, since Leinart was considered by some as the best quarterback in the draft. The Cardinals were originally considering quarterback Jay Cutler, but Leinart fell right into their hands.

Leinart is the most polished quarterback in the draft, and could easily step in and have a bright future with the young receivers of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. However, Leinart may sit for a year behind quarterback Kurt Warner, who looks to be on pace to guide yet another young quarterback.

Scouting Information on Leinart: Matt Leinart led one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA history for the USC Trojans. He was originally projected to be the first quarterback selected in the draft, but Vince Young seems to have slipped in front of him slightly. Leinart is a left-handed quarterback who has almost everything that you would look for in a player. He was well-known as being a leader at USC and taking charge in a game when it counted.

Leinart does not force the ball into coverage often, reducing the amount of turnovers that he throws. He is built well and can take a hit without any glaring problems. He doesn't throw the ball very hard, but his arm strength is good enough for the NFL level. He is very accurate and almost always gives his receivers a chance to make a play on the footall. He is decent throwing on the run, but he is not athletic enough to take off and run the ball very often.

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