Recently, Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a six-year contract to play football in Buffalo through at least 2015. In that time, the team would be able to develop a young quarterback to take the reins when Fitzpatrick’s time is up.
Instead of a top-level prospect like Matt Barkley or Landry Jones, the Bills would be much better suited to nab up a developmental project in the later rounds at quarterback. Typically, these developmental projects do one or two things very well but need work on other aspects of their game.
Kellen Moore fits the mold.
Moore has a few downsides to his game, including the fact that he only stands at 6’0" tall and has some trouble connecting on deep passes every now and again. What the Boise State quarterback does have, however, is pinpoint accuracy—the Bronco signal-caller doesn’t miss throws. It is that undeniable accuracy that has many scouts unsure of how to grade this short-in-stature, noodle-armed field general.
Past his precision, Moore does one thing that college quarterbacks like Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Clausen and other busts couldn’t do in the NCAA: He flat out wins ballgames.
Does he play subpar competition? Yes.
Would he lose a few more games if he was in the SEC? It’s possible.
Should the Bills take a chance on Kellen Moore?
Is Kellen Moore a winner? There’s no doubt about it.
Something that has been lost in Buffalo is the art of, no matter what happens, just winning the football game. Certainly, the team engineers nice drives and gets clutch defensive stops, but it’s time to rediscover what made the 1990s Bills so good, when all the team would do was win.
Interestingly enough, we see that with Boise State and Kellen Moore.
The Broncos don’t care if they’re in a non-qualifying circumstance or if they’re playing the Georgia Bulldogs—Kellen Moore guides the team to victory. After beating UNLV, in fact, Moore became the winningest quarterback in college football history. That’s impressive.
Of course, this isn’t to say that the Boise State signal-caller could step in and immediately make it to the playoffs in the NFL. Rather, I propose that the Bills draft Moore and let him sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick while the quarterback plays out his long contract.
The young Moore would gain valuable information from possibly the smartest quarterback in the NFL, he would provide a great insurance policy if Fitzpatrick goes down.
Don’t forget that the Boise graduate could end up being the next quarterback of the Bills when Fitzpatrick’s time is up. Moore would be 22 come draft time—he could take over the reins when he’s 27, certainly young enough to be a long-time starter, but old enough to be fully developed and mature.
If the whole thing doesn’t work out, it was worth a shot—sixth- and seventh-round picks don’t typically make much impact anyway.
The Bills need to realize that drafting Kellen Moore and taking a chance on a deadly accurate, winning quarterback with a bit of a weak arm and a short stature could pay huge dividends down the road.