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Leinart, Young are tough call for teams

Published Feb. 25, 2006

The link between Matt Leinart and Vince Young grows stronger.

In December, they sat together at the Heisman Trophy ceremony. In January, they faced each other for a national title. Now they're in Indianapolis vying to become the first quarterback chosen in April's NFL draft.

Separating them is the challenge.

"Matt's success at Southern Cal over the last couple of years is almost unprecedented in the history of the school. He understands offense, he understands defense, and moves the football and makes plays in big games," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said Friday.

"Vince, on the other hand, is a different style of quarterback, certainly if not the top, one of the top athletes coming out of the draft."

VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress acknowledged for the first time that Minnesota has has spoken to other teams about a possible trade involving quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Childress said the Vikings did not initiate any of the discussions and the team has not ruled out releasing or trading its three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. "You know, the phone rings both ways," Childress said during the NFL scouting combine. "You don't not talk to people when they call."

DRAFT ORDER: San Francisco won a coin toss and will get the sixth pick in the April draft, followed by Oakland. The Bay Area teams both finished 4-12 last season, tying for the sixth and seventh picks.