Since New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese seems to be forever trying to find and develop a young quarterback of his own who could be the backup behind Eli Manning I figured I had to profile at least one quarterback who figures to be a third-day selection in the upcoming draft.
So, let's use a guy you have likely heard of and watched a good amount on your television if you enjoy college football. The subject of today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile is Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.
The general book on Moore is that he is a guy who had a brilliant college career, but does not possess the arm strength or physical size to be a starting NFL quarterback. He profiles as a guy with enough smarts, experience and passing ability to be a backup.
CBS Sports says:
Moore has a 'wow' collegiate resume as a four-year starter with consistent production as a proven winner (only collegiate quarterback in NCAA history with 50 career wins) and off-the-chart intangibles, but his lack of overall size and arm strength are huge red flags. There is a place at the next level for such a sharp offensive mind, but he has very limited NFL potential because of his physical shortcomings ? a third-day pick who looks like a career backup, similar to Saints reserve quarterback Chase Daniel.
An undersized quarterback prospect who lacks ideal height for the position, measuring in at 5115. He struggles to consistently see over the line of scrimmage anytime he feels pressure and is too often forced to drift away from throws. Also, he lacks an ideal physical skill set. He doesn't possess the arm to make all the throws asked of him at the next level. Passes tend to hang on him and he doesn't possess the ability to put the throw on a line down the field. Now to his credit, he does do a nice job anticipating routes, staying in proper rhythm in the pass game and he has a natural feel when the football needs to come out. Plus, his pocket awareness is very good, as he's subtle with his movements to buy time in the pocket, maintain balance and transfer his weight well through the throw when he has time and needs to create an angle for himself. He's very accurate with the football. His ball placement underneath is at a "plus" level as he hits receivers in stride consistently and allows them to run through the throw. He also exhibits "plus" touch down the field, dropping the football into tight areas at the 2nd/3rd level.
Sideline Scouting says:
Positives -- Very accurate on his short throws, picks apart defenses within 15 yards... Does a great job of hitting receivers in stride... Works the middle of the field extremely well... Put up huge numbers at Boise State, a four year starter who threw for nearly 3500 yards in every season... Good decision maker who doesn't turn the ball over, has thrown one interception for every 69 pass attempts over the past three seasons.
Negatives -- Weak arm by NFL standards, really struggles pushing the ball downfield and his sideline throws often look like lobs... Lack of velocity is his biggest weakness, simply doesn't get enough on his throws to be effective in the NFL... Holds the ball a bit too low and has a slow throwing motion... Footwork is all over the place, needs to be coached on many of the fundaments of the position... Very small, both short and thin, does not bode well for his transition to the NFL.
Kellen Moore Profile
School: Boise State
40 time: 4.94
2011 Stats: 3800 yards passing, 74.3 percent completions, 43 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 175.2 passer rating