NFL Draft Prospect Profile: QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Kellen Moore
Kellen Moore QB, Boise State
6’0”, 197 lbs
Hometown: Prosser, WA
40 yard dash: 4.94
Vertical jump: 27”
Broad jump: 8’3”
20 yard shuttle: 4.56
3-cone drill: 7.41
News and Notes:
Finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2010. Holds the NCAA Division I record for career wins by quarterback with 50. Played on a Boise State team that many thought deserved to have a shot at the national title despite playing in a weaker conference, which could be why some are projecting Moore to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round. Finished his college career with a 69.8% completion rating throwing for 14,667 yards and 142 touchdowns to just 28 interceptions. Named by Sporting News as the top player in the nation, ahead of likely number one overall pick Andrew Luck. Won one BCS bowl in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, beating TCU 17-10
What they’re saying about him:
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: “With such an impressive collegiate resume, Moore will get his shot at the next level, but, as he showed Tuesday in practice, he has an uphill battle because of his size and arm limitations. Moore has very good touch and anticipation on this passes, but, to little surprise, his lack of arm strength was exposed on several pro-style passes and scouts have been discouraged with his unorthodox mechanics. There is a place in the NFL for a brilliant offensive mind like Moore, but he hasn’t shown anything in practice to warrant a pick in the top five rounds.”
Wes Bunting, NationalFootballPost.com: “when discussing his potential in the NFL, in my mind it’s tough to give a high grade to a guy who is 5115 (5-feet and 11.5-inches) and doesn’t have the arm strength needed to make all the throws and drive the football down the field. Now to his credit he does do a nice job anticipating routes, staying in proper rhythm in the pass game and has a natural feel when the football needs to come out. Plus, his pocket awareness is very good as he’s subtle with his movements buying time in the pocket, maintains balance and transfers his weight well through the throw when he has time.
However, despite his “plus” accuracy even when falling off throws, he’s simply not a guy who is going to force a defense to cover the entire field at the next level because of his limited arm strength.”
Russ Lande, Sporting News: “Above the shoulders, Moore is outstanding. That is what should keep him in the league as a backup. He has excellent football intelligence and can identify defenses before the snap. Moore goes through progressions well and makes excellent decisions with the ball.
He will not force passes into bad spots to avoid pressure and is adept at checking down to a safety-valve receiver when no downfield route is open. Moore is consistently accurate on throws under 10 yards. He does a good job of leading receivers so they can catch the ball in stride.
In addition to his intelligence, Moore is a good athlete who can get outside the pocket to make accurate throws on the move or scramble for first downs.”
- Mechanics are definitely unorthodox, but not as far out of sorts as Tim Tebow. If anyone can fix those or even just tweak them, it’s Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements
- Footwork also needs work. Happy feet in the pocket won’t work in the NFL.
- Wicked accuracy. Able to throw the ball where only his guy can get it.
- Arm strength is a problem. Will need to develop that to out throw NFL cornerbacks.
- Evidence of his smarts is clear. Never forces the issue. Looks in command in the huddle.
- Definitely not a scrambler per se, but can move around enough to buy his receivers time.
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