As many in the National Football League know, it’s never a bad idea to invest in the quarterback position. No matter if you have a franchise quarterback or a young rookie just drafted, adding good quarterbacks to your roster is good business.
The Detroit Lions already have Matthew Stafford, one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and the no.1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, yet, following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft Saturday night, the team came to an agreement with former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, a decorated college player, who fell completely out of the draft due to concerns about his size.
It’s true that Moore lacks almost all the measurables, barely standing 6’0 tall and weighing only 197 pounds. Unfortunately for Moore, numbers like that are hard for NFL general managers to get past.
As far as production is concerned, few have can parallel what Moore has done at Boise State, winning 49 career games, throwing for over 14,000 yards and 142 touchdowns. Yet his most impressive statistic is the 69% career completion percentage he posted as a Bronco.
Moore doesn’t have the strongest arm but he’s accurate with the football and accuracy is the most important trait for any good quarterback. He’s a timing thrower, who excels in short-to-intermediate throws and would fit perfectly in a west coast style offense in the NFL.
Even though the Lions don’t run the west-coast offense, they play often out of the shotgun, which is similar to what Moore did at Boise State. Thus Moore can do well in Detroit, because he’s accurate, knows when and where to deliver the football and has the mental makeup to handle everything NFL defenses throw at him.
So while the Lions are set at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Moore will be groomed as Stafford’s backup because as we said investing in a quarterback worth developing such as Moore, is a smart move in a league that values good quarterbacks above all else.