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April 28, 2007
Bird watching in Santa Clara

They're the lowly Cardinals. They haven't been to the playoffs since Millard Fillmore was President -- or so it seems. They're consistently the laughingstock of the NFL.

But the 49ers think those same Cardinals will be their biggest competition for NFC West supremacy in years to come, and Arizona's first-round draft pick is likely to bolster that impression.

The Cardinals chose Penn State left tackle Levi Brown. The thinking in Santa Clara is that Brown will be moved to the right side to protect quarterback Matt Leinart, who is left-handed. With Leinart, Edgerrin James, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona already is oozing with talent at their skill positions. Now they've begun to solidify the offensive line.

Will the 49ers counter by solidifying their defensive line? Stay tuned.


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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