Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
No one saw that the Eagles were going to take a QB, let alone one that early. That was a total surprise.
Very few people expected Kolb to go that high and most of those were Houston homers. Kolb was a system QB who wasn't accustomed to being under center and had been in the same system through HS and college. There were a ton of doubts whether he could adapt to the NFL. The Eagles saw something and took a risk and it appears they got it right... but that's not for sure, yet.
That whole trading scenario seems extremely unlikely to me.
That is absolutely untrue.
If you go through all these clips (some are duplicates, so you have to screen them out), you should find that roughly (sometimes they don't show the beginning so you can't tell where he lined up) the numbers are as followed:
11 times under center.
9 times in the shot gun.
Briles' spread offense has many plays similar to the WCO. And notice when Kolb needs to, he releases the ball very quickly.
Like I said, the Texans found a guy who's well suited for their offense in MS.
He also had a few years in the league under his belt.
Their philosophy is to get as much done before the draft as possible.