Note: Wrote this on Sunday, putting it aside when the Raiders signed Kamerion Wimbley.
With the news that the Cleveland Browns have traded Brady Quinn to the Cleveland Browns for running back Peyton Hillis and a pair of draft picks, it pits the two quarterbacks rated as the prize catches of the 2007 draft against each other in the AFC West.
Now all JaMarcus Russell and Quinn does is make their respective teams, assuming they both win spots on the 53-man roster.
Realistically, Russell probably has the best chance to start, while Quinn, Cleveland’s 22nd choice in the first round in 2007, is the most likely to make the team.
If Russell comes to camp in shape and fares well enough to give Bruce Gradkowski a legitimate comp, he’d probably start based on his $9.45 million salary and status as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Quinn arrives with a relatively modest $700,000 salary, and won’t be given the benefit of the doubt against starter Kyle Orton. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has already called Orton to alleviate any doubt.
To win the job, Quinn would have to come to camp and be much better than Orton, and there’s been little in his play so far to believe he’s capable of winning the job. Especially with Orton having a year’s head start in the current system. But given his salary, Quinn is being paid on a backup rate and he’d have to be awful to be cut.
As it turns out, the hot quarterback from the 2007 draft is Kevin Kolb, a much sought-after backup to Donovan McNabb. Kolb, a second-round pick and No. 36 overall, will replace Donovan McNabb at some point _ unless another team manages to pry him from the Eagles with a significant trade offer.
Seems unlikely the Eagles would go to training camp with McNabb, Kolb and Michael Vick all on the roster.
The rest of the quarterback class of 2007 after Russell, Quinn and Kolb:
Second round, No. 40 overall: John Beck, BYU (Miami)
Second round, No. 43 overall: Drew Stanton, Michigan State (Detroit)
Third round, No. 92 overall: Trent Edwards, Stanford (Buffalo)
Fifth round, No. 151 overall: Jeff Rowe, Nevada-Reno (Cincinnati)
Fifth round, No. 174 overall: Troy Smith, Ohio State (Baltimore)
Sixth round, No. 205 overall: Jordan Palmer, Texas-El Paso (Washington)
Seventh round, No. 217 overall: Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina (Minnesota)