Kellen Moore will never be an NFL starting quarterback.
Boise State Bronco fans must get used to that fact. But just because the undrafted free agent will ride the pine for life doesn’t mean that his professional career should be regarded as a failure.
Intelligent backup quarterbacks that don’t turn the football over are extremely valuable. Charlie Batch signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers about 17 summers in a row to do just that. Moore possesses the football IQ and work ethic to be a solid clipboard holder for the next decade and more.
Considering Matt Stafford’s injury history, the potential for him to step in and start a couple games a season is there. According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, Moore is expected to be the Lions’ No. 3 QB in 2012, but he’ll eventually take Shaun Hill’s second-string job.
Despite the nice situation, fans are still desperate to make Moore out to be the next Drew Brees. Here are some bold predictions on Twitter for the future star (via @SeanLegend34, @Fluxjection and @Chef_ChadD)
Said it once and I'll day it again. Kellen Moore is the next drew brees undersized and underrated. Surprised he's yet to be picked— Steven Leslie (@SeanLegend34) April 28, 2012
Kellen Moore is the next Tom Brady and Drew Brees. You heard it here.— Fluxjection (@Fluxjection) April 28, 2012
Sleeper pick....kellen moore from boise state will be a monster. Better than drew brees...save this tweet if u want— Chad D aka Neo Abyss (@Chef_ChadD) April 26, 2012
Do you know why Drew Brees is the name that fans continue to bring up? Because he’s the only one that comes to mind.
You can count the league’s successful, short quarterbacks on a single hand. And the league’s successful, short quarterbacks with no arm strength are non-existent. Moore simply isn’t physically gifted enough to start 16 games and lead a team to anywhere but a top-10 draft pick.
National Football Post’s grade of Moore reads: “Has a deficient area of his physical skills that CANNOT be overcome, but has been productive and can contribute as a backup and spot player only.”
If you don’t like what’s going on, you better get used to it. Embrace Moore’s status as a tremendously valuable role player, that’s his ceiling.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.