Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore seems to be the perfect quarterback mentally, an NFL team's dream. Physically, however, nowhere close to a prototypical perfect quarterback. He stands at only 6'0", an NFL team's nightmare.
But what Moore lacks, he makes up for in every department. He doesn't have the prototypical size, but he makes up for it in speed and intelligence. They say he doesn't have the arm strength, but he makes up for it in accuracy, completing 74.3 percent of his passes this year with new receivers, good for first in the nation among all quarterbacks.
And they say he played in a weak conference, but he broke the NCAA record for most wins, finishing with a career 50-3 record while also going 3-1 in bowl games (losing by an unfortunate field goal) and 7-2 (one in overtime) against ranked opponents. (Note: Two good field goals for two games and Moore would most certainly be in two National Championship games)
Moore will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to play college football, but does his game translate into the NFL?
Intelligence/decision-making-wise he is at the same level, if not higher, than Stanford QB Andrew Luck. But because he lacks physically, he is projected to be a mid-round pick in the draft, relegated to backup with a small chance of ever starting.
Is the criticism fair? Should Moore be given an actual chance to start and become a franchise QB?
When Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow started, they said Tebow should start because he is a natural winner, same with Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy. With this logic, teams should be taking a chance on Moore, too.
Moore should be similar to New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. A QB who was undervalued and undersized, but became a franchise player while becoming one of the most accurate passers in the league.
Moore is going to have to step up his game even more to adjust to the NFL, but I believe Moore has what it takes to become the next great QB behind Luck in the draft class. Moore has unbelievable potential, a team just needs to realize it and take a chance.
If only he was a couple inches taller...