The rumors of Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb's likely trade destination change by the day. However, all of the talk over trade partners and the compensation that Philadelphia might receive for their expendable quarterback may as well be just that, talk. If there is no new collective bargaining agreement in place, trades cannot be made. That does not stop the speculation that fuels the internet rumor mill. Each possible team brings with it a different scenario for the Eagles in terms of who they draft in the first round of the 2011 draft.
In this scenario, as well with all trade possibilities, the Eagles give up the 23rd overall selection plus a second rounder for a first round draft pick within the first 10 to 15 selections. By trading Kolb to a team with a pick in the top five, it is a certainty that a top flight defensive back will be available. In this portion of the draft, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson would be the smart choice. The Bengals are caught in a situation where they don't know whether or not Carson Palmer will be their quarterback when the 2011 season begins. It is either take a chance on drafting Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert or possibly Auburn's Cam Newton in their current draft position or explore trade options with a team like the Eagles who have a NFL ready quarterback on their roster who is made expendable by virtue of being blocked from playing time.
The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback situation is much more serious. Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton leave much to be desired in NFL pedigree and experience. Kolb does not have much more experience than the collective group of quarterbacks that Arizona currently possesses, but he has shown that he has what it takes to play in this league at an above average level. The Cardinals' quarterback situation is not settled in the least.
Scenario 2: Kolb to Seahawks for 25th overall pick
Charlie Whitehurst and an aging Matt Hasselbeck make up Seattle's quarterback depth. Pete Carroll seems committed to Whitehurst after the organization signed him last offseason to a lengthy deal. However, Kolb has a higher upside than both quarterbacks. With the 25th pick, the Eagles could package their 23rd pick to move up in the draft to as high as the eighth overall pick. In this draft position, the Eagles could set their sights on another coveted cornerback, Prince Amukamara.
However, another interesting scenario is Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are left with wide receiver turned quarterback Joe Webb as their de facto starting quarterback. Coach Leslie Frazier has stated that he would consider Kolb if he were to become available. However, Frazier has also said that the Vikings are interested in trading up in the draft in order to draft a quarterback who Frazier believes could step in as the starter on day one. Is that Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, or even Ryan Mallett? Kolb has proven to be a capable starter, but the unknown factor that remains about these quarterback prospects makes Kolb that much more attractive to teams looking for a quarterback. If the lockout is not lifted by April 28, these possible scenarios will all be moot. Kolb should be afforded the opportunity to start somewhere in the NFL and that opportunity will not come in the immediate future in Philadelphia.