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MLB & NFL Z4C RENO GAZETTE-JOURNALRGJ.COM MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007 QBsQuestion marks plague all prospects . ? Cf- fh i. f -vr4u-i.-j&aa The Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 740th career home run off Diamondbacks pitcher Yusmeiro Petit in the fourth inning of a game Sunday in San Francisco. GiantsFeliz also goes deep 1 1 f FROM 1C were awarded for a first-place vote, three points for a second and so on. Russell, capturing 15 of the 18 first-place votes, led with 69 points to 54 for Quinn, who drew the other three firsts. Following were Stanford's Edwards with 25 points, Michigan State's Drew Stanton with 15, Brigham Young's John Beck with eight, Houston's Kevin Kolb with six and Ohio State's Troy Smith with three. Two unabashed fans of Quinn are Indianapolis president Bill Polian and San Diego general manager A.J. Smith, neither of whom is in that market. "Russell is the best athlete and the strongest arm and all the mechanical stuff," Smith said. "He's phenomenal. But I would be very nervous to pull the trigger on him. If I had to do it, I probably would go with Brady Quinn knowing that the other guy could fly by him. I think (Quinn) is going to be terrific." At 6-foot-5Vi inches and 258 pounds, Russell is 2 inches taller and 10 pounds heavier than Daunte Culpepper, the player with whom he is most compared. He will be the heaviest drafted quarterback in the last 20 years, yet still is an effective runner. "Can't tackle the guy, huge arm, accurate," Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said. "Played big in big games on the road. His traits are rich." Jerry Reichow, who came into the league in 1956 as a tight end and is now in his final NFL season as a personnel consultant for Minnesota, helped draft Culpepper with the 11th pick in 1999. "Russell has a better arm than Daunte," said Reichow, who also played quarterback in college. "Physically, he's something else." Nevertheless, scouts rap Russell for his work habits, semi-slow feet, deliberate decision-, making, weight-gain proclivities and what one referred to as his "mad bomber" mentality. Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp, left, grabs hold of Bears quarterback Cade McNown for a sack during a game in 2000. The failure of high draft choices like McNown has some leery of drafting quarterbacks with high choices. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZASSOCIATED PRESS the end. He's a different type of guy than Zito. He throws fast-balls that register in the low 90s, and they appear a lot faster than that." Cain bounced back after a no-decision at Colorado on Sunday, when he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits. "There's nothing more respectful (than) for him to put the confidence in me to complete the ninth," Cain said about Bochy. "It was great to be able to be back out there." Cain, who led all NL rookies with 13 wins last season, pitched well enough to win in his first three starts. He gave up only three hits in his previous two outings and one run in 14 innings. Arizona's season-long skid reached four games with the club's sixth defeat in seven games. The Diamondbacks went l-for-20 during the series with runners in scoring position. They hope getting Randy Johnson back to make his season debut Tuesday against San Diego might help get the team out of its funk. "We knew in our division pitching was the way it was going to be," manager Bob Melvin said. "We knew pitching would be the dominant force in the division, and so far it has been. We feel good about Randy going Tuesday." FROMlC . "Since coming over here, it amazes me what he does. It tells you how much better he is than any of the rest of us." Bonds flied out and struck out looking in his other two at-bats, but his home run and Pedro Fe-liz's shot leading off the third led the Giants to their season-best fifth straight victory. Bonds hit his 739th homer in the second inning of Saturday's 1-0 victory to help Barry Zito win at home for the first time with the Giants. This marked the first time Bonds homered in back-to-back games since Sept. 22-23 last year at Milwaukee. Cain (1-1) allowed a leadoff single by Eric Byrnes to start the game, but that was it until Byrnes and Alberto Callaspo each singled with none out in the ninth. Orlando Hudson grounded into a double play to bring in the Diamondbacks' lone run. Cain, who had thrown 101 pitches at that point, then received a visit on the mound from pitching coach Dave Righetti and stayed in the game. After walking Chad Tracy, Cain retired Tony Clark on a game-ending grounder. Durham made a great stop on the play. If the ball had gone by him, Cain would have been lifted. "His fastball has life to it," Byrnes said. "It has a giddy-up at t 22 scouts offering opinions on Quinn, six brought up minor to major reservations about what they viewed as his inaccuracy. "No, that's (expletive)," said Polian, quickly acknowledging that his son, Brian, coaches special teams at Notre Dame. "At least in my view. First of all, he had no protection this year. Secondly, because my son coaches there, I know he's taught to throw the ball up in a lot of jump balls." Polian called Quinn "a winner with the capability of leading you to a Super Bowl." Suffice it to say that Polian is in the minority among his peers. "His accuracy is way off, especially long, I don't think he's very poised and I think he needs things controlled around In an attempt to provide perspective on Quinn, 18 scouts were asked if they'd take him or Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, the 24th choice in 2005. Twelve picked Quinn, four picked Rodgers and two said it was too close to call. "He's very similar to Aaron Rodgers," Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert said. "I don't think he's going to be great but I think he's going to be good, I really do. He's got to play for a pretty good team, too. I don't know if he will be a guy who can do it all by himself." A four-year starter, Quinn completed just 58 percent of his passes, a figure below that of Russell (61.9 percent), Stanton (64-2 percent), Beck (62.4 percent), Kolb (61.6 percent) and Smith (62.7 percent). Of PAID ADVERTISEMENT iici Dad wmam Q0ffl3KB Poor Dad ' I. STEVE NESIUSASSOC1 ATED PRESS FILE him to be halfway effective," an AFC scout said. "He's also been coached by (Charlie) Weis, who if he was in the pros you'd say is the best coach you can have. "So he's been coached by this guy for two years and he still has these deficiencies. And he works his butt off and does everything right. How is he going to get better if he hasn't done it already?" Quite possibly, Quinn never will. History tells us either Russell or he probably will fail. "Could Quinn be Harrington? Could he be Carr?" Angelo said. "Yes. If the stars don't align for him. 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