Kevin Kolb is expected to be the hottest player available on the 2011 quarterback market, whenever it opens. But there are questions about whether he deserves that distinction after seven NFL starts that have produced mixed results.
The Eagles’ rumored asking price is a first-round pick and a starter on defense.
NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi doesn’t believe Kolb is worth that much.
“It’s hard to watch tape on Kevin Kolb and think he’s worth a first-round pick,” Lombardi told 620 KTAR in Arizona. “It’s going to require somebody selling him in the building and someone has to know him.”
Lombardi’s comments about Kolb’s film are similar to the opinion expressed by Gregg Rosenthal on PFT Live Friday, after Rosenthal watched all of Kolb’s 2010 snaps.
“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 (Kolb) did have to play (last year) Philly would’ve been a 7-9 team. If it wasn’t for Michael Vick it would have been bad.”
While most national analysts and reporters consider the Arizona Cardinals the favorites to acquire Kolb — and severely overpay, in the opinions of Lombardi and Rosenthal — Lombardi projects Kolb to land somewhere else.
“I’m going to go Cleveland,” he said. “I’m not buying the Colt McCoy love affair going on in Cleveland. I don’t know how you can have the love affair. I think with the extra pick they got from Atlanta, that first-rounder, it’s gonna be hard to beat them in a poker game.”
Lombardi predicts Kolb to the Browns, and free agent Marc Bulger to sign with the Cardinals.