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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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With all due respect to Vince Young's athleticism and upside, in my opinion, this isn't much of a debate. Matt Leinart, while barely average during his limited time as a starter in the league has at least been that -- barely average. Vince Young has, at times, looked much better than average, but it remains to be seen if he can ever fully get over the emotional and mental hurdles necessary in being a winning quarterback in the NFL.

Leinart, at this time, is barely more than an expensive backup with a history of creating distractions through his off-field decisions. Young is even more expensive and has been even more of a distraction.

The fact we're now discussing which between the former #3 and #10 picks from just four years ago is the lesser of two evils shows just how much of a crap shoot the NFL Draft remains.

Realize that besides just Leinart and Young, the entire 2005 draft classes from USC and Texas have arguably become busts in the NFL. Between the two schools, 17 prospects were drafted, 11 coming within the first three rounds and yet there are zero Pro Bowls garnered from these players.

Certainly Reggie Bush has shown flashes of the brilliance with the Saints he displayed while in the land of Troy, but he is far from justifying the second overall selection and his recent rash of injuries make it appear all the more likely he never will. Besides these three, Oakland made Texas' safety Michael Huff the 7th overall selection of the first round, but unless he suddenly improves dramatically, he may not only lose his starting position, but his roster spot.

Similarly, with the exception of running back LenDale White, (himself, far from consistent) former Trojans and Longhorns drafted in the later rounds also have struggled to enjoy the type of success in the NFL.

Other Trojans drafted in 2006 include OT Winston Justice (2nd round, 39th overall, Philadelphia), OG Deuce Lutui (2nd, 41st, Arizona), DE Frostee Rucker (3rd, 91st, Cincinnati), TE Dominique Byrd (3rd, 93rd, St. Louis), S/OLB Darnell Bing (4th, 101st, Oakland), FB David Kirtman (5th, 163, Seattle), DT LaJuan Ramsey (6th, 204th, Philadelphia) and OG Fred Matua (7th, 217th, Detroit).

Other Longhorns drafted in 2006 include CB/S Cedric Griffin (2nd, 48th, Minnesota), TE Dave Thomas (3rd, 86th, New England), OT Jonathan Scott (5th, 141st, Detroit) and DT Rodrique Wright (7th, 226th, Miami).

As the quarterbacks of two great collegiate teams that squared off in one of the more memorable National Championship games of all time, the debate will focus on Leinart and Young.

It shouldn't be limited to the quarterbacks, however.

To be perfectly blunt, is there is anyone drafted from the two powerhouses in 2006 that can consistently enjoy success in the NFL?

By Rob Rang  |  June 12, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Draft , Quarterbacks , Reggie Bush , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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