At this point, there is no way that Kevin Kolb will be wearing Philadelphia green next season, as he will be shipped off in exchange for draft picks. In the process of trading Kolb, that changes the Eagles quarterback depth entirely, giving them no reliable backups. With Michael Vick starting, that leaves the Eagles with Mike Kafka, who has yet to show any promise as a young player taken in last years draft.
This puts the Eagles in a tough spot giving them essentially three options, as they can sign a free agent for a season to play behind Vick, trust Kafka to be the backup, or possibly draft another quarterback. The problem is that injuries can happen to anyone at anytime during a season, and Vick is flirting with the, ‘injury prone’ title. The last thing the Eagles can handle is for Vick to be out, and have no one to step in for him.
The Eagles can’t totally disregard Kafka, as he racked up 4,000 yards and 19 touchdowns at Northwestern, which are a set of very impressive stats. The only issue with Kafka is that he really has had no experience in the NFL, barley even getting a chance to take snaps in preseason games. He was a rookie last season and was inactive for the entire last half of the year, as he was playing third string behind Vick and Kolb. This is going to be a judgement call by the Eagles organization, and it’s a possibility that the Eagles may just release Kafka.
Saying that Kafka is no longer a member of the Eagles, or that he will remain a third string quarterback, Philadelphia could take a look at the draft to fill the need at quarterback. There are a number of good quarterbacks coming out of this years draft, and aside from the big names like Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, there are a few guys that won’t be taken until much later rounds. This may be a good chance for the Eagles to get a suitable replacement to Kolb, with a quarterback that has proven himself in college.
How about Greg McElroy from Alabama?
This is a player that no one is talking about, but yet he has shown imense potential and skill. McElroy in his career as a member of the Tide, amassed 5,471 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Too add to his already impressive stat line, he has a BCS Championship win, and a SEC Championship MVP. McElroy, along with Mark Ingram, made Alabama one of the toughest offenses in college football.
If the Eagles could draft this young gunslinger, who is currently predicted to go late in the sixth round, they would be taking a reliable backup to Vick, and a player that would be able to develop into a starter. It would essentially be the same player as Kolbplaying backup, with a much lower cost as a sixth rounder, and with less professional experience. This could end up being one of the biggest draft steals of the year, and worse case scenario, the Eagles have a player to trade away.
Many people regarded Kolb as the replacement for Donovan McNabb when he retired, and now things have totally changed. Kolb is on his way out, and Vick is close to signing a multi-year deal. The Eagles need to make sure they have a reliable backup plan if something were to happen to Vick. With the style of play that Vick brings to the table, it isn’t to difficult to take one bad shot and end up on the IR list.
McElroy could fit that mold of a prospective quarterback, that can learn behind one of the most explosive players in NFL history. In comparison, McElroy and Vick are opposites with their individualplay styles, but with the right coaching, McElroy could become a hybrid monster, similar to Aaron Rodgers. That may be a stretch, but McElroy has shown enormos promise in his college career, and he would make for an almost perfect backup.
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