Donovan McNabb says he was surprised by the Eagles' selection of quarterback Kevin Kolb with their first pick in the NFL draft, but that there was no reason to be concerned.

"It didn't strike me to the point where I'm upset," McNabb told the Daily News today in his first public comments on the draft.

McNabb, rehabbing from season-ending knee surgery, said he would work with Kolb to help his presumed succesor's development and would be professional about it.

Asked if he expected Kolb would sit for 4 or 5 years until McNabb, 30, is ready to retire, McNabb joked: "If it's up to me he will."

McNabb said he was out at an ice cream shop with his wife and daughter during the draft when his brother-in-law called to tell him about the selection.

Asked for his initial thought, McNabb said: "Was that really our first pick?"

He said he received text messages from teammates and friends around the league almost immediately and had a voicemail from Eagles coach Andy Reid. The message, McNabb said, was that the team took a quarterback because he was the best player available, that McNabb should not worry about it and that it did not mean anything to his future with the team. McNabb did not return the call and did not talk to Reid until the two had a meeting two days after the draft.

"There was no call me back or anything like that," McNabb said. "It wasn't like he could have changed that pick."

McNabb said his rehab is progressing well and that he intends to be ready for the beginning of training camp and plans to play in two or three exhibition games.


Look for more from Donovan McNabb in tomorrow's Daily News.