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4/27/2006 02:42:00 PM
Where Will The QBs Land?
Matt Leinart's status has been falling as the draft approaches.
Peter Read Miller/SI
The latest draft rumors insinuate that Matt Leinart may pull an Aaron Rodgers-like free fall and tumble into the teens. The Titans appear to be set on Vince Young at No. 3 and some wonder how good Leinart is if Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow lets his team pass on his former pupil. After the Titans, there are a bunch of teams who don't need a quarterback or don't want Leinart.
But unlike Rodgers, there are enough teams who are convinced Leinart will be an All-Pro to force a trade somewhere in the top seven. Too many people have seen Leinart make countless NFL throws to let him fall that far. If Leinart was in last year's draft he would have been a no-brainer at No. 1.
The whole draft would be so much easier to figure out if the Jets would just take Leinart at No. 4. But coach Eric Mangini's got too much Patriots blood in him and thinks he can get his QB in later rounds. Now New York is talking about Brodie Croyle, who is a lot like Tom Brady, minus the accuracy and leadership skills.
This year's situation reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. Several teams had him rated higher than Eli Manning and Philip Rivers and he still fell to No. 11. Teams talked themselves out of taking Big Ben and regretted it. Leinart, who is a lot like Roethlisberger, will also prove teams wrong if they pass on him.
Vandy QB Jay Cutler, who reminds me even more of Roethlisberger, has also fallen out of the top 10 in most mock drafts. But I wouldn't be shocked if someone made a good offer to the Raiders and Bills to nab him at No. 7 or No. 8. If not, Cutler's not going to get past No. 11
Let me know where you think the three big QBs will land and other relevant draft theories as the big day approaches.