Kevin Kolb trade rumors continue to get thrown around, as the Eagles reportedly have plans to place the franchise tag on Michael Vick, according to Adam Schefter. Schefter also notes that Philadelphia will entertain offers for former second round draft pick, Kevin Kolb.
Kevin Kolb has expressed his desire to start, and realizes that that opportunity will not present itself in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the potential lockout on the horizon could delay a Kevin Kolb trade for the time being.
So where will Kevin Kolb land and how will it affect the 2011 NFL Draft?
Before I get into how a Kolb trade will affect the draft, here is a great piece on Kevin Kolb's offseason and where he could potentially land on Bleeding Green Nation.
The destination that makes the most sense for Kevin Kolb would seem to be the San Francisco 49ers. They run a west coast system, in which Kolb would be an ideal fit. San Francisco has been a popular spot for the first quarterback to come off of the board in 2011 NFL Mock Drafts, but if Jim Harbaugh has a chance bring in a veteran quarterback that fits his system he won't hesitate.
Miami is another potential landing spot for the former Houston Cougar. Chad Henne had a mediocre season, and Miami's roster is strong enough to compete immediately if a quality player is under center.
The Minnesota Vikings could be interested in Kevin Kolb's services as well. There is not a quarterback on Minnesota's roster worthy of starting in the NFL, which is why many have mocked a quarterback to the Vikings with their 12th overall pick.
Kevin Kolb will likely demand a second round pick in a trade, which forces any team with interest in Kolb to decide whether to spend a second round choice on Kolb, or invest a draft pick in a strong quarterback class.
Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Cam Newton, and Ryan Mallett all have a shot at the first round, with a handful of second round prospects in the mix as well.
So who get's left out if Kolb is moved? Well, Mallett is already a long shot for the first round. Jake Locker struggled at the 2011 Senior Bowl, and Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton each come with a fair share of risk. At this point, Locker seems likely to be passed by Cam Newton on most draft boards.
A Kevin Kolb trade would likely leave at least three potential suitors for a rookie quarterback, but it would not be a surprise to see each of the quarterbacks fall out of the top ten picks.
So which quarterback will slide the farthest on draft day? Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton or Jake Locker?