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Top 12 NFL Draft Busts of the Modern Era

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#10 Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals

#10 on the list of Top NFL Draft Busts, Matt Leinart, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals. Photo credit - Nick Bastian.

#10 on the list of Top NFL Draft Busts of the Modern Era, Matt Leinart, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals. Photo credit – Nick Bastian.

#10 Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals.

Matt Leinart was USC’s darling and predicted to be an NFL starters for years to come. After having an extremely successful college campaign, Matt Leinart entered the 2006 NFL Draft regarded as one of the best in his class. The only knock on the lefty after leaving USC, while having prototypical size, he lacked arm strength. The lack of arm strength wasn’t enough to deter the Arizona Cardinals who selected Leinart #10 in the draft.

The collegiate star’s transition to the league was anything but painless. Leinart would experience mild success during his rookie season, winning four games and showing promise as a signal caller. However, in Leinart’s second season, he would break his collarbone and upon returning, would be supplanted by quarterback Kurt Warner. Leinart would never regain the starting job and spent the rest of his NFL career vying for starting jobs.

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