As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Philadelphia Eagles have apparently been offered a 1st round draft pick for Kevin Kolb as reported first by Peter King of SI. Then yesterday it was reported by CSNPhilly.com that the Arizona Cardinals are the team showing the most interest. Some people might put those 2 pieces of information together and conclude that the Cardinals are offering the #5 pick in the draft. Is it possible that Kevin Kolb could garner such a high draft pick? No matter how much I’d love to believe he is, my logical brain just says “no way!” Not in a straight up trade that is.
Those 2 pieces of information are more than likely separate as it has been noted there are multiple teams interested in Kolb. But since the Cardinals are rumored as the team most interested, we can entertain the notion of acquiring the #5 pick in the draft for the time being. Teams can get creative when it comes to trades. If a team has offered a 1st round pick for Kolb already, that sets his market value. In my opinion, I’d have to think that the mystery team offering their 1st is Seattle. So for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Seattle is that team. That makes Kolb worth the #25 pick in the draft. According to this NFL Draft Value Chart, it would take Kolb + our 1st rounder (pick #23) to move up to the #5 pick in the draft. That would be in the ballpark in terms of supposed draft pick value (value charts are viewed only as a guideline and not set in stone).
However, if there are multiple teams interested, trading Kolb could become like an auction in the sense that he will go to the highest bidder. Would another team be willing to offer more value than the 25th pick in the draft? As I’ve mentioned on here previously, there are certainly enough QB-needy teams out there that could drive up his value. Ending up with the 5th pick in the draft sounds enticing. But the only player I feel that would be worth giving up Kolb and our 1st round pick for would be LSU CB Patrick Peterson. Otherwise, I would be content with just keeping the 23rd and 25th picks where I’m sure we could find 2 quality players. At the end of the day, the 25th pick in the draft is excellent value for Kolb, anything more than that is icing on the cake.