A couple months ago we passed along a report indicating several scouts suggested they would give up a first round pick for Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. That sounded about right considering Kolb will be the best quarterback option on the market whenever free agency hits.
Several GMs and personnel executives may disagree with the assessment that Kolb is worth a first round pick. The Boston Globe polled seven GMs and personnel executives and there was hardly a consensus on his value.
In an informal poll of seven general managers and personnel executives, four said Kolb was not worthy of a first-round pick, two said only if the team had no other options, and another said a late first-round pick could be justified.
There won't be many options once free agency hits. If you want a long-term fix at quarterback, Kolb is about your only option depending on the situation with QB Carson Palmer.
It's possible Kolb's value is similar to QB Matt Schaub, who was traded to the Houston Texans in March of 2007. Schaub, like Kolb, was a career backup with some promise. The Texans sent two second round picks to the Atlanta Falcons and armed Schaub with a new contract. This type of trade has been suggested before.
Ultimately, it will only take one team to make a move on Kolb and I think there will be someone out there who gives up a first round pick. If Kolb ends up being an above average starter, then a first round pick is easily worth it.