After sending Donavan McNabb to the Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles are turning to former University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb to run the offense. Kevin Kolb has so many people who hope for his success, including the Fans, His Teammates, and Andy Reid. There is one person who hopes more for the success of Kolb, he may have millions of dollars riding on it. This player is Case Keenum the current quarterback for the University of Houston.
Case Keenum is entering his senior season and all eyes are on where the QB will be drafted in the 2011 draft. Keenum had an amazing season in 2009 and is looking to repeat his stats this year. Keenum passed for 5671 yards and 44 TD’s, but there are still questions on whether or not Keenum is a system quarterback or an extremely talented quarterback. One person who can prove weather a University of Houston QB can succeed in the NFL.
Both Kolb and Keenum were extremely successful at Houston and looking to transfer it into NFL success. Kolb was drafted with the 4th pick in the second round of the 2007 draft. Only two QBs were drafted in front of him, Jamarcus Russell and Brady Quinn. Both who have turned out to be NFL busts. Kolb is trying to prove that he is not a bust and deserves the 12.5 million that the Eagles are paying him this season.
If Kolb has the same success in the NFL as he did in college (averaging 3277 yards and 20 TDs per-season) he will open a huge hole for Keenum in this year’s draft. Keenum, who has already topped all of Kolb’s statistics at Houston, is looking to be the top or one of the top quarterbacks drafted. Although one big question still remains, is he a system quarterback or can he produce in the NFL?
If Kolb Succeeds as an NFL quarterback, NFL scouts and coaches will believe more in the statistics that Keenum is putting up in college, including his incredible passing yardage that has potential to break 6000 yards this season. If Kolb plays well Keenum could very well be a top five pick in the 2011 draft. If Kolb struggles Keenum will fall to late first or early second round. The difference in the position may seem nominal, but it could mean millions in guaranteed money and bonuses. In Last year’s draft the first overall pick received a six-year 78-million dollar contract with 50-million guaranteed. Tim Tebow was drafted 25th overall and receives only 11-million dollars in his five year deal.
One player could control the where Keenum is drafted this year, and that is Kolb. Kolb proving that a University of Houston quarterback can succeed in the NFL will allow that Keenums bloated stats are based on talent and not system. No matter how much Reid, the fans, or Teammates hope for Kolbs success, Keenum has millions of dollars ridding on the his draft stock, which could be determined by Kolbs season.