Is Kevin Kolb Worth The Number Seven Pick in the Draft?

Benjamin Flack@@ClevelandFlackSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles watches on against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Is Kevin Kolb worth the number seven pick in this year's NFL draft?

That is the question that Browns' President Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert must decide.

ESPN's Sal Palantonio has reported that the the Philadelphia Eagles' asking price for young QB Kevin Kolb (as well as for veteran Donovan McNabb) will be nothing short of a first round pick.

The Cleveland Browns and several other teams, most notably Seattle, have been inquiring about the availability of Philadelphia's quarterbacks.

Heckert, who spent the last nine years in Philadelphia, had a hand in drafting Kevin Kolb. He has been selling the Eagles' backup QB to the Browns front office as the possible future in Cleveland.

But is a first round pick too high a price for an unproven player like Kolb?

In 12 career appearances Kolb has a 60.8 Comp PCT, 6.8 Yard AVG, 4 TD, 7 INT, and a 68.9 RAT.

However, Kolb is the only QB in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards in his first two NFL starts, both of which came this past season. He was 1-1 in those starts (a loss to New Orleans and a win against Kansas City).

Philadelphia does play a very pass-happy styled offense, but that should not discredit that record too much.

Make no mistake, Kolb is certainly a fine quarterback.

He was drafted 36th overall in the second round by Philadelphia in 2007. The Eagles are very high on Kolb, counting on him to be their future QB after McNabb. If they were not sold on him then they would not be asking for such a high price. Also, Heckert has certainly seen a lot of Kolb and holds him in high opinion.

The Browns quarterback situation is certainly in flux.

They traded with Seattle for Seneca Wallace on Monday.

On Tuesday they released Derek Anderson.

On Wednesday it was announced that they are shopping Brady Quinn.

And today, Thursday, they are meeting with former Carolina Panther Jake Delhomme.

No one outside of the Browns front office really knows what direction Holmgren and Heckert are leaning.

What is Brady Quinn's value in the trade market? Is it enough to justify giving up on the former first round pick after only 12 starts?

And is Kevin Kolb worth a first round pick?

These are the questions that need to be answered.


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