Kellen Moore QB Boise State #111
|Four-year starter with a solid grasp on the mental aspect of the game. A true team leader on the field who directs traffic well and makes solid decisions with the football. Decent athlete; looks good throwing on the run and able to maintain his accuracy.|
|Level of competition is a concern; talent gap between Boise State and it’s WAC opponents was so great that Moore simply wasn’t forced to consistently make tough decisions under pressure. Undersized; another aspect which was masked in college due to the time he was frequently given ample time in the pocket; will need to learn to make faster decisions at the next level without always having the ideal vantage point due to his lack of height. Arm strength is only average; can make all the throws, but lacks that extra zip to squeeze it into tight spaces which can sometimes separate quarterbacks at the next level. Throwing motion is slightly three-quarters which exacerbates the height issue. He’s already only 6’0″, but ball comes from the slot of guy who’s about 5’9″.|
|Moore was one of the most dominant quarterbacks in recent college football history, but he lacks the basic skills necessary to play a significant role at the next level. His size disadvantage is part of the problem, but the real issue is that he lacks the tools to make up for that lack of size. He is not significantly smaller than Colt McCoy, who was a 3rd round selection and has found some measure of success in the NFL. However, he can’t even begin to compare to McCoy in terms of accuracy. Smaller quarterback, such as McCoy and Brees, absolutely must have elite accuracy in order to be considered legitimate prospects. McCoy has the accuracy, Brees has the accuracy and NFL-caliber decision-making skills, which is what sets him apart. At this stage of his career, Moore is lacking in both areas. Moore is a smart quarterback, and could provide some value in the locker room as a 3rd string quarterback, but his developmental upside is limited.|
|2011 vs Georgia
2011 vs San Diego State
It’s still very early in the draft process, but the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl are the first test for the top prospects. With those two all-star games behind us, we can begin to evaluate whose stock is on the rise, and whose stock is starting to fall, before we head to the Combine in late Februrary.
Josh Norman – CB – Coastal Carolina
Norman concluded the season as a relative unknown, having not been tested against top competition, and was expected to be a late-round prospect. However, he shined at the Shrine Game and impressed scouts so much that he earned a late invite to the Senior Bowl. He now looks like a top-100 lock, and could climb as high as the 2nd round.
Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska
For those that watched Dennard closely this season, his stock probably didn’t change much. But the Senior Bowl served notice to everyone that he just doesn’t have the athleticism or the technique to be considered an elite prospect. There has even been some talk of him moving to free safety in the pros. He rode the momentum of his junior year – when he played opposite Prince Amukamara – as long as he could, but we’ve now seen the real Dennard.
Bobby Wagner – OLB – Utah State
Wagner was already a solid 3rd or 4th-round prospect heading into the Senior Bowl, but may have risen into the early 2nd round with his performance. Aside from his relatively short stature, he’s the complete package. Wagner also benefits from this being a relatively weak class of linebackers. Scouts were impressed with his athleticism, and also with his play on special teams.
Dwight Jones – WR – North Carolina
The knock on Jones, which has become a theme for the Butch Davis-era Tar Heel prospects, is that he lacks effort and concentration. He drops too many balls, and isn’t always a crisp route runner. These issues are magnified due to his relative lack of speed.
Vinny Curry – DE/LB – Marshall
The all-star games are always most important for the small-school prospects, and Curry took advantage of his opportunity to play with the big boys. His best moment came in the one-on-one drills when he had little issue beating Mike Adams off the edge with his speed rush. He definitely displayed the athleticism necessary to play standing up in a 3-4 defense.
Kellen Moore – QB – Boise State
Moore was hoping to establish himself as the next Colt McCoy this offseason, as an undersized but accurate signal caller. Unfortunately, Moore simply doesn’t have an NFL arm. There were even reports of CFL scouts saying they weren’t interested in Moore because they need quarterbacks who can whip the ball through the windy conditions they sometimes face.