2012 NFL Draft: Don't Rule out Andrew Luck to the Philadelphia Eagles

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 26, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Stanford won 40-12. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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In the 2007 NFL draft, the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb, a quarterback out of Houston most expected to be drafted early in the third round.

The Eagles made him the 36th overall pick in the draft.

To say the move was surprising would probably be an understatement. In fact, on television the fan reaction was not too great. Most booed, including me.

At the time, the Eagles had Donovan McNabb quarterbacking the team at the "young" age of 30 (a 30-year-old quarterback is not considered old). McNabb has stated on record he was shocked the Eagles drafted Kolb.

Fans were not enamored with McNabb, but he certainly had their respect. Drafting his successor that early was puzzling.

The Eagles were coming off a subpar 8-8 season with McNabb, but anyone could see the team lacked any playmakers; the offense depended on the oft-injured Brian Westbrook.

Andy Reid felt that Kolb was a special talent coming out of the spread offense at Houston so he pulled the trigger, even though Reid had the utmost respect for McNabb.

Drafting Kolb proved to push McNabb even harder, as the Eagles made it to the NFC Championship game.

The 2011 Eagles are led by Michael Vick who is ironically 30 and will be 31 come next year's draft.

Backup Kevin Kolb is expected to be traded for a first-round pick, giving the Eagles two next year.

Would it be out of the horizon to see the Eagles trying to trade up to the No. 1 position to draft the "perfect" prospect, Andrew Luck out of Stanford?

Luck is special and has no flaws in his game; he has a huge arm, can throw accurately, can throw on the run, can scramble and is a great decision-maker.

One might think if the Eagles wanted Vick's successor, why not keep Kevin Kolb? Well, Kolb wants to be traded and the Eagles owe him the right to let him start next year someplace else.

Michael Vick is the most injury-prone quarterback in the league, especially with his style of play. Him getting injured again would not be a surprise; can the Eagles trust him to remain healthy for the remainder of his career?

If the Eagles receive a high enough first-round pick for Kolb, look for Reid to make a move for Luck, assuming of course the team with the first pick already has its franchise quarterback.