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Eagles Workout Fordham QB

Eagles Trading One Quarterback Before the Draft
By Lance Epstein

While Andy Reid continues to say he is in love with his "situation" at quarterback, the Eagles have begun to show signs that one of the trio of Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick will be on their way out of Philadelphia sooner rather then later.

One could assume that one of the three is on the trading block out considering the Eagles attended Fordham quarterback John Skelton's pro day on Friday in the Bronx, New York. The Eagles sent offensive coordinator Marty Morninweg and quarterbacks coach James Urban to workout the small school prospect.

According to Cnnsi NFL analyst Peter King, " it's pretty rare for two coaches to be looking at a late round quarterback -- especially when you're as packet at quarterback as the Eagles are. Unless, of course, you're planning to jettison one of your quarterbacks before the draft."

Skelton(6-6, 243) is expected to be selected anywhere from rounds five to seven in the 2010 NFL draft. In his four years at Fordham , Skelton threw for 9,928 yards and 69 touchdown passes.

In his senior season, he set career highs in passing yards with 3,713, 26 touchdown passes and a 150.05 pass rating. Even though Skelton is coming out Fordham, he is capable of being a good NFL quarterback.

Many analyst compare Skelton to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco because of his size and arm strength. Skelton can make all the necessary throws need to be an elite quarterback in the NFL. Not only that he has great zip on his throws and is very accurate in the intermediate routes. Furthermore, at this Pro Day scouts walked walked away impressed with his intelligence, mechanics and delivery.

However, scouts are still weary of his ability to be accurate when throwing the deep ball; something that is a requirement with the Eagles having Desean Jackson at wide receiver.

Despite being from small school and accuracy problems with the deep ball, Skelton would be a nice addition for the Eagles. He is rapidly moving up team's draft boards and might even slip his way into the fourth round after his pro day.

More significantly for the Eagles, this is starting to look like one of the quarterbacks will not be back in 2010. There is no a way to have four quarterbacks on the roster. And most likely Skelton would not pass waivers to make it to the Eagles practice squad.

I suspect that if the Eagles indeed draft Skelton, that Kevin Kolb could be the odd man out. Kolb is younger and has more upside then McNabb. With NFL teams like the Seahawks and Cardinals looking for their long term solution at quarterback, the Eagles could get a nice package for Kolb and still have their quarterback of the future in Skelton.

Additionally, this allows the Eagles to give McNabb a three-year contract extension and prevents him not to be a lame duck quarterback. Plus, Skelton can be groomed like the Eagles have done with Kolb over the past couple of season. On top of that, this lets the Eagles keep Michael Vick as their veteran backup.

On the other hand, I disagree with Peter King about trading one of the three quarterbacks before the draft. Knowing the Eagles, they always cover their basis. They will probably wait until after the draft to start dealing one of their quarterbacks to make sure they have Skelton in their back pocket.

1 comment:

  1. I do not think that this signals a Kolb trade and a new 3 year contract for Mcnabb. The Eagles need 3 QBs,.... when Vick is gone they need to replace him with an inexpensive 3rd QB like a 5th-7th round drafted QB. (Very inexpensive). Trading Kolb and extending McNabb would be very hard to sell in Philly. McNabb is likely retiring to the TV booth anyway at the end of next season.