Green Bay Packers Should Draft Kellen Moore in 2012 NFL Draft

Andrew KaakeCorrespondent IIMarch 23, 2012

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 26: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Wyoming Cowboys at Bronco Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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It's common knowledge that the Packers lost former second-string quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency. Although they still have Graham Harrell, they need to acquire another signal-caller to fill in the hole left on the depth chart by Flynn's departure.

Why shouldn't they take Kellen Moore, college football's winningest quarterback?

Say what you will about Boise State, but Moore is a quarterback who is used to winning games, and that can make a huge difference in the NFL. Just take a look at last season's Tebow-mania and you'll see how a drive to win can impact the outcome of the game.

Moore, rather than merely having the drive of Tebow, possesses a skill set that would allow him to integrate well into the Green Bay offense if the situation required.

Moore isn't a particularly tall guy, standing only about 6' tall, but he's only two inches shorter than Rodgers. He's not that fast (4.94 40-yard dash), and he's not that great of a jumper, which could hurt his pocket mobility. Additionally, his arm strength is somewhat suspect. All of this contributes to his low draft value.

Ted Thompson is an expert at recognizing value in late-round picks, and Tom Brady could say a thing or two about quarterbacks who get taken in the sixth round. It would be a simple matter for the Packers to pick him up in the fifth round, allowing them to address more pressing concerns (i.e., the defense) in earlier rounds.

The reward for waiting for Moore would be great. He's a quarterback who has played in 53 games at the college level, including a BCS bowl, giving him more experience than most quarterbacks in the draft. In his four years as a starter, he won 50 games, completing almost 70 percent of his passes for nearly 15,000 yards. He threw 142 touchdowns and only 28 interceptions, earning an impressive 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. 

Moore is a pass-happy, score-happy quarterback who played for a team with similar values. He would find those same ideals in a Green Bay team that throws 60 percent of the time. His football IQ and feel for receivers' routes are excellent, which would give him plenty of tools to work with in an offense that allowed Rodgers to complete passes to 12 players in a single game. 

Boise State is now famous for running the Statue of Liberty to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Moore is a product of a system that loves tricks and utilizing well-practiced, intelligent play. He'll find a kindred spirit in Mike McCarthy, who has been known to have a few surprises in store for opposing teams.

Moore doesn't need to chuck the ball 70 yards down the field in order to fit into the Packers' offense, nor does he need to scramble as much as Rodgers. Working with Rodgers and the Green Bay quarterback staff would help hone his skills and knowledge, which are already good, and help develop him into a great quarterback. In return, Moore fills in the Packers' No. 2 or 3 spot on the depth chart with a late round pick and a relatively cheap contract.

Drafting Kellen Moore would be a solid move for the Packers; and even if Moore doesn't end up as the next Tom Brady, spending a late draft pick on a backup quarterback won't hurt the franchise. It's a good move, both in sport and in business, and it gives one of the underrated players of the draft a place to grow in the NFL.