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Cardinals | Green calls Leinart selection huge

Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals took all of about two minutes to write QB Matt Leinart's name on their draft card when he was still available at the No. 10 selection in the first round of the NFL Draft. "This is a huge pick," head coach Dennis Green said. "I mean, this is huge." In Leinart, they have a quarterback who could have been the No. 1 overall pick had he entered the draft a year ago instead of pursuing a third college championship. "Coach Green was fired up," Leinart said. "He said it was a gift from heaven. I think it's a great fit. I know they have great, great players on offense and a lot of weapons, similar to what I'm used to at USC." Ideally, Leinart won't play at all in 2006. QB Kurt Warner is the starter, and Leinart will compete with QB John Navarre for the backup's job. But if the Cardinals' start losing, or if Warner struggles, there will be pressure to play Leinart.

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