Cardinals select Penn St T Levi Brown with fifth pick

Apr 28, 2007 - 5:18 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) - Seeking to protect quarterback Matt Leinart, the Arizona Cardinals selected Penn State tackle Levi Brown with the fifth pick in Saturday's draft.

The Cardinals lost starting left tackle Leonard Davis, who signed a seven-year, $49.6 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys last month.

The 6-6, 323-pound Brown is the second tackle to be selected among the top five picks. The Cleveland Browns took Wisconsin's Joe Thomas with the third overall pick.

Brown started 44 games at left tackle for the Nittany Lions. However, he was bothered by a torn meniscus in his left knee during the 2006 season.

New Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Russ Grimm as his offensive line coach. Grimm obviously thought Brown merited being picked as high as fifth overall.

The last time the Cardinals took an offensive lineman in the first round was in 2001, when they selected Davis second overall.

The Washington Redskins have the next pick.






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