NFL Draft 2011: Eagles Can Not Trade Kevin Kolb Until Friday
According to a statement by the NFL, teams will be able to resume operations on Friday morning at 8 pm ET. Unfortunately, this also includes player transactions, so it appears unlikely—barring some loophole—that Kevin Kolb will be moved tonight for the first round.
The Eagles, still possessing 10 draft picks and five in the top 120, are certainly capable of moving up in the draft, and they may have to if they wish to select Prince Amukamara or even Jimmy Smith at cornerback. However, to move into the top five or 10 picks may be asking a lot without Kevin Kolb as a trade bait. The meaning of this of course being that hopes of possibly swapping picks with Arizona or San Francisco to acquire Patrick Peterson were likely just dealt a fatal blow.
This also has repercussions around the league, as teams like Arizona who were perhaps hoping to acquire Kolb on the day of the draft may feel safer selecting a quarterback of the future with their first round picks.
Of course, the Eagles should still trade Kevin Kolb and attempt to acquire a high second round pick or a combination of picks. With so many holes on the defense and the offensive line, there the more high picks the better for this team going forward. Even if they are only acquiring future picks, the importance is to trade Kevin Kolb now when his value is highest.
And this puts even more emphasis upon the Eagles to instead consider making a strong play for a veteran corner, such as pro bowler Nnamdi Asomugha.
Either way, the decision by the league to allow player movement on Friday as opposed to today is not a costly decision, but may have significantly altered the draft plans of the Eagles in the first round.
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