NFL Draft 2012: 4 Reasons QB Kellen Moore Is the Next Tom Brady
Kellen Moore will be the next Tom Brady.
Despite being the winningest quarterback in college football history—(with 50 wins as a starter for Boise State University), 142 college TD passes and a 73 percent pass completion ratio over the past two seasons—not all NFL recruiters have penciled him onto their short list for the upcoming draft.
At 6’ 0”, 197 lbs, Moore is facing doubters who have pronounced him too short, too light and too weak-armed to play quarterback.
Moore’s combine stats for the 40-yard dash (4.94 seconds), vertical jump (27 inches) and broad jump (8 feet, 3 inches) are similar to the unimpressive numbers put up by Tom Brady in his combine (5.28 seconds, 24.5 inches and 8 feet, 3 inches).
And like Brady, it appears that Moore’s potential as an NFL quarterback is being underestimated.
Here are some points for GMs to consider before passing on Moore in the upcoming NFL draft:
1. Football IQ
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Moore's intelligence and knowledge of the game compensate for what he lacks in physical skills.
According to The Seattle Times, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said of Moore, "His football intelligence is off the charts. His instincts are off the charts."
These instincts were even evident during the combine.
While his slight frame predictably showcased a less-than-stellar arm, Moore could connect with receivers who were unfamiliar to him.
He anticipated their route breaks.
A great quarterback doesn't always need to throw the ball hard and deep. He just needs to get it where it's supposed to go.
Like Tom Brady, Moore is accurate. He will be able to develop Brady-like chemistry with his NFL receivers.
And as Tom Brady has proven, great athleticism is only part of what makes a great athlete.
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Kellen Moore is a determined player. The haters only motivate this tough-minded QB.
Tom Brady was also doubted going into the draft. In 2000, Brady’s physique and physical skills produced eye rolls among the experts.
And who can blame them after seeing his combine picture?
But Brady's acute awareness of having been dissed, first at the combine and later by being drafted 199th, has contributed to the insane competitive drive that now fuels No. 12.
Moore also hears the whispers.
He claims that it doesn't bother him, asserting, "I'm fine. It is what it is, bottom line. At the end of the day, you're going to get an opportunity to play football. Once you get that opportunity, essentially it's up to you. It's your opportunity to showcase what you can do."
But at the end of the day, Moore's fierce competitive edge will only be hardened by the haters.
3. Commitment to Preparation
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Success on the football field can be determined as much by what a player does from Monday to Saturday as what he does on game day.
Understanding and preparation can be everything. And the latter leads to anticipation on the field.
That is exactly what makes Tom Brady one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time.
In fact, after his rookie season, Brady's coaches noted that he was the hardest worker in the Pats' conditioning program.
Kellen Moore demonstrates this above-and-beyond work ethic.
Even the scouting combine showed a glimpse into the off-the-field life of the quarterback.
Moore participated in every throwing drill at the combine on Sunday, while other, more favored NFL QB draft prospects rested.
At a level so distinguished as the NFL, often the difference between an average and elite quarterback comes down to how far each is willing to go both on and off the field.
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At the end of the day, sports are about winning.
But winning is more complex than running the fastest 40-yard dash, or throwing the tightest spiral.
The ability to win consistently—on Sundays and on Mondays and in January—can come down to a set of charismatic intangibles.
It's impossible to explain exactly what makes Tom Brady click so well with his receivers. Or why there is less drama in the New England locker room than, say, in that of the New York Jets.
You just have to chalk it up to an indefinable trait inherent in New England's quarterback.
Moore shares that same undecipherable nature as Brady.
He is cool in the pocket, he is a leader and he will be able to manage an NFL offense.
Not every prospect hoping to play under center professionally has the intangible factor that comes with Moore.