Raiders moving on to "Plan B"

The focus around the Oakland Raiders has surrounded their all but certain selection of a quarterback with the first overall pick. That may not be as certain as some think. "Plan B" is in the works. The Silver and Black have set up a visit with "Plan B".

Tony Pauline and Adam Caplan of have confirmed to that the Raiders will bring University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb in for a visit in mid-April.

At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Kolb has the size and there are few who doubt his arm.

"Kolb had a private workout with the New England Patriots last week immediately following his pro day workout," Pauline said. "Kolb threw 80 passes for the Patriots and was very accurate all day. Most impressive was the fact Kolb was asked to throw patterns and passes which were completely different from those run during his pro day.

"Kolb really helped himself with a solid string of practice performances during Senior Bowl week."

Two teams that talked to recently believe Kolb now projects as a clear first day selection and a likely second-rounder.

A four-year starter, Kolb threw 30 touchdowns to just four interceptions, completing 67.6 percent of his passes, in leading Houston to a Liberty Bowl appearance, where he threw for 386 yards and three scores in a loss to South Carolina.

"All I care about is wins," Kolb said. "I just want to win. All those stats and stuff really don't mean anything to me."

The drawback with Kolb is he worked mostly from a shotgun offense in Houston and will have to learn the pro-style offense.

And that is one of the reasons that Oakland wants to bring him in. First-hand knowledge of his grasp of lining up under center will give them a feel for whether he can do it in the NFL.

If they feel confident enough in Kolb's ability, it could free them up to do multiple things with the first pick in the NFL Draft - selecting Calvin Johnson or trading the pick away without thought of what they might lose if one of the quarterbacks is selected ahead of where they drop to.

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