Reviewing the draft: Arizona Cardinals
Matt Leinart

Posted May 11, 2006


With the need to win and to do it soon, the Cardinals hoped to build momentum off a solid off-season. The signing of Edgerin James improves the running game ten fold and the team looked to fill other areas through the draft.

Arizona Cardinals

Matt Leinart was great value with the tenth pick of round one and should do well with the franchise. While he preferred to play for the Jets in New York, the small market of Arizona will reduce the pressure on Leinart and allow him to slowly develop. Having terrific skill players also helps. There was a need for offensive line help and Duece Lutui was a start in the right direction. We feel the beginning part of round two was early for his services, yet Lutui could quickly earn a starting spot as a rookie. Considering the Cards came away with Leonard Pope in round three, Lutui was acceptable a round earlier. Pope had been falling as scouts did not like his long, lanky build and are concerned about his blocking skills at the next level. We think the criticisms are groundless and Pope will do fine in the NFL. At the top of his game Gabe Watson is a dominant inside defender who controls the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately Watson only occasionally plays to his level of ability, which is why he dropped into round four, where he was good value. The teams final three selections were all good value and each has a real shot to make the final roster.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

10

Matt Leinart

QB

USC

2

41

Taitusi Lutui

G

USC

3

72

Leonard Pope

TE

Georgia

4

107

Gabriel Watson

DT

Michigan

5

142

Brandon Johnson

OLB

Louisville

6

177

Jonathan Lewis

DT

Virginia Tech

7

218

Todd Watkins

WR

BYU

 



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