Originally posted by DraftaQB:
I really can't understand why anybody thinks Kolb is anything other than a career NFL backup.
a) he wasn't a high pick or touted highly coming out of college - he was the 4th ranked QB in 2007 draft and given a 3rd round grade by most scouts.
b) and has put up a career NFL passer rating of 73.2, including 76.1 last year before being dumped for Vick.
Please can anybody tell me why he's worth anymore than a 3rd round pick?
Is this a case of the 'Emperors new clothes' or am I blind?
It's a projection, much like when pro scouts project the value of a rookie QB even though he's never played a snap in the NFL. Reasons being:
~He was highly thought of coming out of Houston as an ideal WCO-style QB
~Quick release, smart, good size, mobile, strong-enough arm and good accuracy
~Has been coached for 3 years by one of the best WC minds in the business (Andy Reid)
~Has played well in spots in the NFL, and not played well in others...but hasn't had enough playing time for a complete evaluation
So you can either write him off as someone who hasn't performed yet, or "project" how he might play given complete control of a team as the unquestioned starter.
There's no right or wrong, but there are reasons for liking him. And when the landscape for quality QB is dry, you have to be creative and take a chance on a guy who may not be an all-pro today, but who seems to have the basic toolkit to develop.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Feb 4, 2011 at 13:01:55 ]