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Kiper On Kolb, Eagles' 1st-Round Pick

ESPN's draft guru Mel Kiper spent time on a conference call with reporters across the country Wednesday and provided what he believes to be the best fit for Kevin Kolb.

"You think about Kolb as the guy that Arizona seems to have the most interest because they went with the young quarterbacks (Max Hall and John Skelton) last year," Kiper said. "To get another young quarterback, I don't think it's an option for (Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt) and company. Kolb would make the most sense there. If not, Cincinnati would be another team that would maybe look at him with (Carson) Palmer's status. A lot of other teams, from San Francisco and Tennessee and Washington, all these teams are looking at quarterbacks.

"For Kolb, I think Arizona would be the best fit, just for trying to get back to that more of a guy who's established. I think that would be a good destination for Kevin Kolb."

So how does Kolb compare to the incoming quarterback draft class that includes likely first-rounders Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton?

"That's a difficult question," Kiper said. "His grade coming out was not going to be as high as what Gabbert's and Newton's are right now. We know Kolb can get it done in the NFL at least at a decent level. Can he be an excellent quarterback? Nobody knows. A.J. Feeley was another quarterback who was in Philadelphia, moved on with not much success. That's always risky. You never know. Now, Matt Schaub moved on from Atlanta to Houston with very good success."

As for what he expects the Eagles to do in April's draft, Kiper unveiled a new mock draft Wednesday, but the projection at No. 23 remains the same - Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.

"Philadelphia should be targeting the line on both sides of the ball," Kiper wrote. "They could also consider secondary help, but might consider that a slight reach here. In Carimi they get a guy who loves to run block and will sustain those blocks. He battled a number of top defensive ends in Big Ten play, and could fill in at either tackle position early, potentially starting on the right side with the goal to become a starting left tackle in what should be an explosive offense."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:30 p.m., March 9

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