- According to reports, one of the first undrafted rookies the Lions signed was Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. "Quarterbacks are one of the things we will be looking for," coach Jim Schwartz said. The Lions were left without a No. 3 quarterback when Drew Stanton signed with the Jets and was traded to Indianapolis. Moore, who throws left-handed, threw for more than 3,800 yards and 43 touchdowns last season. The Lions also signed undrafted free agent Rodney Austin, a 6-4, 311-pound offensive guard from Elon. - The Sports Xchange
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Moore was a top 30 quarterback recruit out of high school, where he was coached by his father, and chose Boise State over Idaho and Eastern Washington.
After redshirting in 2007, he won the starting job in 2008, going 281-of-405 (69.4 percent; NCAA freshman record) for 3,486 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, earning Second Team All-WAC honors and was named the conference?s Freshman of the Year.
Moore led the Broncos to an undefeated 14-0 record in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing 277-of-431 (64.3 percent) for 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns and three interceptions (NCAA single-season record for lowest percent of passes intercepted, 0.7 percent), earning WAC offensive player of the year and First Team All-WAC honors.
He might have had his best season in 2010 as a junior, going 273-of-383 (71.3 percent) for a career-high 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns and six interceptions, finishing fourth in the Heisman voting (first Bronco ever invited to the ceremony) and earning First Team All-American and All-WAC honors.
Moore returned in 2011 as a senior, finishing 326-of-439 (74.3 percent) for 3,800 yards, nine interceptions and a career-best 43 touchdowns, earning Mountain West offensive player of the year and First Team All-MWC honors.
Moore is an impeccable timing and rhythm left-handed passer with immense confidence on the football field - an elite quarterback from the neck up and nicknamed ?the surgeon? for his precision as a passer. He doesn?t have a live arm and lacks elite tools with sloppy fundamentals. But his passing mechanics worked for him in college, and he thinks he can make any throw with his self-confidence and fearlessness.
Moore has a ?wow? collegiate resume as a four-year starter with consistent production as a proven winner (only collegiate quarterback in NCAA history with 50 career wins) and off-the-chart intangibles, but his lack of overall size and arm strength are huge red flags. There is a place at the next level for such a sharp offensive mind, but he has very limited NFL potential because of his physical shortcomings ? a third-day pick who looks like a career backup, similar to Saints reserve quarterback Chase Daniel.
Positives: Highly intelligent and has been extremely productive, making very few mental mistakes. Very smart and plays like an offensive coordinator on the field. Extremely accurate with above average ball placement ? puts the ball where he wants and understands where it needs to be. Plays with infectious confidence, allowing his teammates to feed off of his poise and fearlessness. Always keeps his eyes downfield and works through his progressions very quickly, making snap decisions. Bright individual who breaks down information in a flash and reads defenses well with very good pre-snap recognition ? knows what to look for with a firm grasp on situations and scenarios. Good short-to-intermediate arm strength with beautiful touch. Very good feel and comfort level in the pocket, maneuvering his way to avoid pressure. Very even-keeled and never panics ? always in control of his emotions. Has a knack for finding the open target with very good vision and enjoys spreading the wealth ? didn?t miss a beat after losing his top two receivers from 2010. Works hard to prepare and lives in the film room ? student of the game and works hard at what he does. Very high career completion percentage (69.8 percent) and doesn?t miss when he has time to survey the field and set his feet ? deadly accurate when he?s in rhythm and makes smart decisions. Very good game manager with a lot of savvy and self-belief ? acts as a veteran point guard always in control distributing the ball. Very good experience as a four-year starter with a near-perfect collegiate record of 50-3 ? most wins every be a college quarterback (good chance this mark will never be reached again). Holds almost every school passing record and is near the top of several NCAA records. Vocal leader and sharp on and off the field ? looks like a future coach. Has stayed relatively healthy and toughed-out minor injuries. Moore has all the intangibles ? intelligence, coach?s son, gym rat, winning resume, etc.
Negatives: Lack of height, measureables and overall size are huge red flags ? looks diminutive in the huddle. Lacks the arm strength to drive the ball downfield to keep defenses honest; throws too many rainbows/soft-tosses and lacks the cannon to zip the ball all over the field and threaten secondaries deep. Only an average athlete and has limited mobility; doesn?t have the legs to consistently evade pressure. Funky mechanics, making too many passes off his back foot with his momentum going backwards; has several habits that work for him, but won?t be able to get away with them at the next level. Gets lazy with his footwork and balance. Gets himself in trouble at times when he rushes his throws and tries to force things; appears to pre-determine a lot of his throws, staring down his targets. Played behind a very good offensive line that gave him a clean pocket most of the time; struggles to always recognize extra pressure and adjust accordingly. Accuracy on passes over 20 yards is very streaky; finesses passer with too much air in his deep throws. Almost all of Moore?s collegiate snaps came from shotgun formation with very little experience under center ? fumbled the snap in the bowl game when he lined up under center. Played in an offense centered around his strengths and wasn?t asked to face top competitions week in and week out.
NFL Comparison: Chase Daniel, New Orleans Saints
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