Data Points: Available QBs bring experience

Your favorite team stinks under center … and they didn’t get a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft. So what is next?

There are a few quarterbacks who might potentially be available via trade or in free agency, and their common trait is experience. Marc Bulger (96), Matt Hasselbeck (131), Donovan McNabb (155), Kyle Orton (61), Carson Palmer (97) and Alex Smith (50) all bring at least 50 career starts — with varying degrees of effectiveness — to the table.

Kevin Kolb may be the most attractive quarterback out there – provided the Eagles decide to trade him – despite having much less experience than those above. But some analysts feel that at 27 years old, considering the potential shown within his limited body of work (seven career starts), Kolb is the better option for teams looking for a true franchise quarterback.

Either way, the overall market of quarterbacks expected to be available is not considered strong, making it the biggest reason why seven quarterbacks were drafted in the first three rounds of the draft.

— Elliott Harrison

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