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Questioning Kolb's value

As Kevin Kolb's future continues to be a frequently-discussed topic nationally, opinion on the quarterback's value seems to vary.

Questioning Kolb's value

Kevin Kolb is under contract with the Eagles through 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
Kevin Kolb is under contract with the Eagles through 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

As Kevin Kolb's future continues to be a frequently-discussed topic nationally, opinion on the quarterback's value seems to vary.

The latest analyst to chime in is NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.

Lombardi joined Sports 620 KTAR in Arizona and said he doesn't see Kolb being worth a first-round pick.

"It's hard to watch tape on Kevin Kolb and think he's worth a first round pick," Lombardi said. "It's going to require somebody selling him in the building and someone has to know him.

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"When you study the tape on Kolb, it's not overly impressive," Lombardi continued. "It's very disappointing at times. I know Philadelphia doesn't like me when I say this, I think ultimately if he did have to play Philly would have been a 7-9 team. If it wasn't for Michael Vick it would have been bad."

The truth is there are probably NFL teams that agree with Lombardi. Kolb has only attempted 319 passes in his career. Whichever club trades for him will be taking a risk. But that's the case with all the other quarterbacks that will be on the market, and it's also the case when teams draft QBs.

There are certain schemes that will fit Kolb's skill set better than others. I think that's why you hear such varying opinions on his talent and his future.

As I've said before, the key to the Eagles' compensation is the market. If there are multiple teams showing serious interest in Kolb, the Birds are more likely to get a first-round pick. If it looks like most teams have filled that need and only one franchise is interested, the Birds might have to settle for less compensation.

Meanwhile, Lombardi said he thought Cleveland could be a landing spot for Kolb. The Browns have been pretty clear all offseason that they will not pursue him, though, and that has continued. A league source tells Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer the Browns won't be making a run at Kolb. As always, what teams say and what they do can be different, but right now, it doesn't look like Cleveland will be a player.

And finally, while Lombardi doesn't think Kolb is worth a first-round pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter thinks the Eagles will get at least that much. Schefter says the Birds were offered a first-round pick and more last offseason, and he expects that to happen again this offseason once moves are allowed to be made.


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