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Don't count out quarterback on Eagles' list

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By Eric Edholm

Sorry to burst the linebacker-seeking fans' bubble: The Eagles almost assuredly will not be drafting one in Round One. In 14 years at the helm of the Eagles, Andy Reid has drafted only five positions in the first round — the offensive and defensive lines, wide receiver, cornerback and quarterback. And the last time they picked a QB in Round One was in 1999, famously, when they took Donovan McNabb over Ricky Williams. It was unpopular at the time, just as taking a quarterback this year might be. Don't rule it out — with Vince Young flopping and not likely back, Mike Kafka still a question and Michael Vick having an injury-prone history, it would not be stunning if the Eagles drafted one fairly high. The first round? Perhaps not, but Reid has not shied away from some interesting and risky draft moves. He has found his draft quarterbacks after McNabb as high as the second round (Kevin Kolb) and as low as the sixth (Andy Hall). But when you consider what Reid has traded Kolb and A.J. Feeley for down the road, the investments were very good business for the Eagles in the end.

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