System quarterback. Too short. Poor arm strength. Not NFL material.
Such were the criticisms tossed implicitly in the direction of Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore as he sat through three days of the NFL draft, waiting for a phone call that would never come.
Eventually, 32 teams collectively decided that Moore was not one of the 253 best players in the 2012 draft class.
But a few hours after the selection of Mr. Irrelevant, while Moore must have been sitting at home wondering, “if that guy's irrelevant, what does that make me?”the Detroit Lions came calling with a chance to prove he is relevant.
And so, as a 50-win undrafted free-agent quarterback, Moore will join the Lions in training camp, and while he has a long way to go and lot of work to do, I think the odds are in his favor to still be with the team in September, even if he rarely dresses for games.
I stop short of deeming Moore a diamond-in-the-rough superstar, but he can absolutely make the Lions' 53-man roster and stick to an NFL roster for the next 10 years. And here are six good reasons why.