Leinart was not selected in the redraft As for

first_imgLeinart was not selected in the re-draft. As for the Cardinals, this would have certainly changedtheir history. No Leinart means the Cardinals find someoneelse to compete with Warner and, possibly, their new QBwould not have lost the starting job to the veteran acouple years later. The Cardinals would also have probablynot taken Levi Brown number five overall in 2007, possiblyselecting Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson instead. Oh, what could have been…Instead, though, all we have is what actually happened.The Cardinals took Leinart, who looked promising for alittle while, and then cut him five years later. The teamfired Green, hired Ken Whisenhunt and rode Warner to aSuper Bowl. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ So, really, things could have been worse. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   center_img Of course, we can look back, and six years later it’spretty much a guarantee the Cardinals would go adifferent direction if they could get a do-over in thedraft.According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper in an ESPN Insiderstory, if the draft was held again today the Cardinalswould end up with offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson,who was originally taken by the Jets with the fourth pickin 2006.Drafted at No. 4 overall, Ferguson was expected to be verygood, and he has been. A Pro Bowl regular, he may beovershadowed by the excellence of Mangold, but plenty ofteams would love to get what he provides the Jets. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals needed a quarterback in 2006.Entering the draft, Arizona had just veteran Kurt Warneron the roster, and the former star was not exactly comingoff an impressive 2005 campaign.So, with a new stadium opening and a need at the position,the Cardinals and then-coach Dennis Green felt fortunatewhen Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart fell to them atNo. 10 in the draft.Calling him a “gift from heaven,” Green inserted Leinartinto the starting lineup in a Week 5 tilt with the Chiefs,and never looked back. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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