Teams take defensive stance

Defenders make up 14 of first 20 picks

Leinart falls to Cardinals at No. 10


Despite the NFL's consistent efforts to encourage offense on the field, the decision-makers tasked with building their franchises into Super Bowl contenders cast their lots with defense at yesterday's draft.

And for the second straight year, a star quarterback was left nervously waiting for his name to be called. Not only was a defensive player, North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, anointed the No. 1 overall choice by the Houston Texans, but defenders made up the heart of the first round, accounting for 14 of the first 20 selections.

DAVID STEELE Led by Bush and Leinart, players from juggernaut USC tumble down draft board. pg 12D

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