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Mr. Laz
04-26-2006, 06:40 PM
POSTED 8:36 a.m. EDT; UPDATED 9:21 a.m. EDT, April 26, 2006
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TEAM LEINART BRACING FOR SLIDE?

At a time when former USC tailback Reggie Bush is dealing with an unwelcome distraction that could disrupt his plan to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, his teammate who could have been the first pick in 2004 could now be facing a slide conjuring memories of the Aaron Rodgers plunge in 2005.

A source close to the Leinart camp tells us that Matt's handlers have accepted the reality that the Titans won't be drafting their guy at No. 3, barring a dramatic reversal of the current intention to acquire Texas quarterback Vince Young. Per the source, new Leinart agent Tom Condon has attempted to get some kind of an assurance from each of the teams drafting in the top five -- but has gotten nothing.

At No. 4, the Jets are not expected to draft a quarterback. Word is that they are looking to land Alabama's Brodie Croyle later in the day.

At No. 5, the Packers can't afford to spend another first-rounder on a guy who'll do nothing for them in 2006, especially since Lord Favre is coming back for one more year.

At No. 6, the 49ers have their quarterback in Alex Smith.

We'd initially presumed that the Raiders would take Leinart at No. 7, but we're now hearing from multiple sources that they won't.

at No. 8 The Bills won't touch Leinart , unless G.M. Marv Levy is even nuttier than we currently believe.

At No. 9, there's no way the Lions pounce on Leinart.

Then we come to the Cardinals at No. 10. Will Denny Green be able to resist drafting a guy who falls into his lap, just like Randy Moss did eight years ago? We've got the Cardinals taking offensive tackle Winston Justice, given the importance of beefing up the group of guys who are going to be charged with keeping those big-money skill-position players alive.

At No. 11, quarterback is one of the few positions that the Rams have covered.

At No. 12, we can't see the Browns taking Leinart.

Then come the Ravens at No. 13. In our current mock draft, we've got them taking Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler. Though we're feeling a little wishy-washy about whether Brian the Brain will stake his future on another first-round signal-caller, it might be hard for the supposed offensive guru to not take Leinart, if he falls into the team's lap.

And we think that the lowest Leinart would go, if he gets past Baltimore, is Minnesota at No. 17.

So the 2004 Heisman winner won't fall as dramatically as Rodgers did a year ago, when the Jeff Tedford prodigy plunged from potentially being the No. 1 pick all the way to No. 24. But given that Leinart was the presumptive No. 1 choice in 2005, and that he most likely would have been taken by the 49ers with the first pick, the possibility of sliding to No. 10 or lower translates into millions and millions of dollars of money that will never come back.

JBucc
04-26-2006, 06:42 PM
If he gets that low do we consider trading up?

jspchief
04-26-2006, 06:43 PM
He wouldn't get past Arizona. IMO

nychief
04-26-2006, 06:46 PM
If he gets that low do we consider trading up?


I doubt it.

JimNasium
04-26-2006, 06:59 PM
If he gets that low do we consider trading up?
Although I'm usually a proponent of drafting the best available player I just can't see us making a move in this direction given our other significant needs and Green's commitment to staying for several more years.

ChiefsCountry
04-26-2006, 07:34 PM
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enough said.

Cochise
04-26-2006, 07:40 PM
Bills, Lions, Cardinals, Browns? All QB-poor teams passing on him?

Tennessee going with Young instead?

I can't see this at all.

Ari Chi3fs
04-26-2006, 09:03 PM
Titans grab Leinart, come on... Chow is there OC. This is poker face posturing by Titans org. Leinart goes 3.

jspchief
04-26-2006, 09:10 PM
Titans grab Leinart, come on... Chow is there OC. This is poker face posturing by Titans org. Leinart goes 3.The report I heard on the radio today said that the Titans GM and Owner will override Chow and Fisher on the decision. They want Young and are willing to pick regardless of what the coaches want.

Jim Jones
04-26-2006, 10:29 PM
There is NO WAY he falls that much.

Deberg_1990
04-26-2006, 10:36 PM
If him or Vince Young somehow fall to us at #20 there is NO WAY IN HELL Carl could pass one of those guys up?? Could he??

Munson
04-26-2006, 11:21 PM
All those teams in the top 10 would be fools to pass on Leinart. He's gonna be a franchise qb. If he somehow makes it past the Raiders at #7, I wouldn't mind Carl trading up to get him, even though qb is not an immediate need. But, this won't happen, because he'll be gone by pick #5.

Guru
04-26-2006, 11:59 PM
If him or Vince Young somehow fall to us at #20 there is NO WAY IN HELL Carl could pass one of those guys up?? Could he??


YES!!!! He could.

Ultra Peanut
04-27-2006, 12:36 AM
GET THE MAN SOME FOOD STAMPS

WHO WOULD TURN DOWN FREE MONEY?

Spicy McHaggis
04-27-2006, 01:09 AM
At No. 9, there's no way the Lions pounce on Leinart.

Then we come to the Cardinals at No. 10. Will Denny Green be able to resist drafting a guy who falls into his lap, just like Randy Moss did eight years ago? We've got the Cardinals taking offensive tackle Winston Justice, given the importance of beefing up the group of guys who are going to be charged with keeping those big-money skill-position players alive.

Because Josh McCown has proved he can be an elite QB and Kurt Warner is a long term solution.

Miles
04-27-2006, 01:11 AM
Because Josh McCown has proved he can be an elite QB and Kurt Warner is a long term solution.

Yeah that made no sense to me either. Say what you want to about PFT, but at times it has some pretty logical stuff. This isn't one of them.

Mile High Mania
04-27-2006, 05:46 AM
None of the top 3 QBs will make it past Arizona.

bringbackmarty
04-27-2006, 07:20 AM
If him or Vince Young somehow fall to us at #20 there is NO WAY IN HELL Carl could pass one of those guys up?? Could he??
depends on if green is in a contract year.

Cochise
04-27-2006, 07:22 AM
This is the essence of profootballtalk.com.

No way does Leinart make it out of the top five.

sedated
04-27-2006, 07:39 AM
Vince Young is going to be a bust.

I wouldn't draft him if he did fall to 20.

This is a typical pre-draft smoke-screen, anyway.

ct
04-27-2006, 08:24 AM
Personally, I still don't buy it that Tennessee will take Young. I believe they want Leinart, and only "leaked" this story of the GM overriding the coaches to encourage some chump to perhaps trade up to #2 and ensure Leinart doesn't get picked there instead.

And frankly, I still think the Jets will take Leinart at 4 if he's there. Pre-draft smokescreens are the best!!

Furthermore, Green Bay would NOT be stupid to take him @5. Same story for Oakland, Buffalo, Detroit, Arizona, or St. Louis.