Tuesday, January 25, 2011

S.I. Report: Absence Of QB Talent In Draft Has Kevin Kolb’s Stock Going Up


It was very apparent yesterday when watching the Senior Bowl workout that this draft class is very short on quarterback talent. It didn’t help that Stanford’s Andrew Luck decided to remain in school.

Tony Paulline of Sports Illustrated says the conversations about the Eagles getting much more for Kevin Kolb than his ability dictates were being had all over. I don’t buy all of the talk until teams are putting first and second round draft picks on the table.

I do agree with him that Kolb’s stock has to be increasing with the shortage of quarterback talent in the draft and on the free agent market. Add to that the high number of coaches who get fired if their teams don’t make the playoffs and you have a mix for teams to overpay for a seasoned starting quarterback.

Do you think some of those coaches who were fired at the end of the season are kicking themselves that they didn’t make a move to acquire Michael Vick who was available last year?

For those you who haven’t been to a Senior Bowl practice, the coaches and player personnel people from around the NFL surround the fence of the field and strike up conversations about particular players and teams.

Paulline said there are quite few NFL insiders who believe Carson Palmer is trying to get a trade worked out which will send him to Seattle to rejoin his college coach Pete Carroll.

Paulline gave high marks to Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick and low marks to Washington quarterback Jake Locker. I would agree with him. Kaepernick showed great athletic skills and surprising accuracy and timing in his throws. Locker was all over the place with his throws. He’s got great arm strength, but has no idea where the ball is going.

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