The Texans addressed one of their most pressing needs by drafting Mario Williams first, but Reggie Bush is the better player. Maybe they should have tried to trade down two places, but not a horrible pick.
Vince Young going before Matt Leinart was a given after Williams was selected first. The Saints wanted Leinart, but with Bush available it is obvious who will be picked. The Titans want a Steve McNair type QB
, one who can win a game with his arm or his legs, and had settled on VY well before the draft. The Jets went with the safe pick in Ferguson, who should really help their passing offense, but not as much as Leinart could have. They apparently believe Pennington will be ready to go for the whole year this year. Green Bay and San Francisco are set at QB
for the near term and want to give their young QBs time to prove themselves. Oakland thought about Jay Cutler but were not seriously considering Leinart because of concerns about his ability to throw the deep ball. Buffalo is set at QB
, Detroit could have picked him up but they are happy where they are. Denny Green will never pass on a gifted QB
and made the pick. Denver tried to trade up to 10 to grab him, but there was no way that Denny would have traded out of that position.
Really the only other team aside from the Cards in the top 10 that might have picked him, then, were the Lions. And they have a few more pressing concerns right now
Great pick up by the Cards, though, and expect Leinart to have a great career out in Arizona.