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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Polian Liked Whitner



June 6, 2006
Leo Roth
Staff writer

Polian liked Whitner: The Bills use of the No. 8 overall pick on Ohio State strong safety Donte Whitner instead of USC quarterback Matt Leinart drew outrage in some circles, but Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian applauded the move.

Marv Levy used six picks on defensive players to play the same scheme used by the Colts under Tony Dungy.

"I know (Levy's being criticized) but the guy they took was the No. 1 guy on our board," said Polian, the Bills ex-GM. "I didn't study Leinart enough to give you an informed opinion because the last time I checked we had a quarterback (All-Pro Peyton Manning).

"But that kid's a great defensive football player. I'd be shocked if he doesn't turn out to be a great player."

The Colts had the 30th pick and knew Whitner wouldn't slip to them, Polian said.

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