'Hawks Should Draft Moore in Late Round

SEATTLE - OK, here I go again stepping out of my league, but I really think the Seattle Seahawks should give serious thought to taking Prosser's Kellen Moore with one of their late picks in Thursday's NFL draft. Why not give the in-state kid a try? I think they may have taken Jake Locker last year if he had been available but he was long gone by the time of their first pick came up.

Moore could still be available in the fifth, sixth or seventh round, and he could be a steal.

Don't give me the "he's too short" reason because I learned my lesson years ago when I passed on Pat Tillman and Bryce Fisher because they were also "too small". Of all the criteria in football evaluation height might be the most overrated. Dynamite comes in small packages and all you have to do is look at every NFL roster and there are guys under or at 6 feet tall. I'll bet money that Moore has already been studying tapes of Drew Brees to see how he gets rid of the ball against tall pass rushers.

Why not look at the film? Now there's a novel idea. And when you're done with that, look at the kid's body of work throughout his collegiate career. Compare the numbers of Moore against Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, or better yet the next guys in line - Ryan Tannehill, Nick Foles, Brandon Weeden, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler. Moore has better quarterback numbers than any of them, including the top two - who will be the first two picks in the draft. His team beat Osweiler's Arizona State in the Vegas Bowl 56-24 and Moore clearly outplayed him.

Seattle GM John Schneider himself commented that Moore's football intelligence is off the charts. And what he lacks in the physical areas he more than makes up for in intelligence and natural football instincts. I'll bet his "Wonderlic" test was as high as anyone who took it this year even though I don't think it's anybody's business what a kid's grades or test scores are. Schneider raves about his anticipation and quick delivery, and he is the same size as Brees, who I remind folks recently won a Super Bowl. There have also been lots of 6-foot quarterbacks who have succeeded at the pro level and a number of them are Hall of Famers, so saying he can't play because he is simply too short borders on stupidity.

In professional football evaluation they still have to look at the numbers, and there is no question his are not just the best - but just fathom this for a second; over the course of his collegiate career all Moore did was pass for 14,667 yards, 142 touchdowns and only 28 picks, or an average of seven per year. His senior year alone he threw for 3800 yards with an incredible 43 touchdowns and had a 175.2 quarterback rating to boot. His completion percentage was almost 75 percent. Come on! If you do look at performance numbers - and you should - then how can you not draft this kid in the sixth or seventh round and allow him a couple of years to develop? Bottom line is that Kellen Moore is a winner and there's no more important criteria in football.

His actual measurements at the NFL Combine were 6 foot even and 197 pounds. He ran a 4.94 forty (just .01 behind Cousins and .20 faster than Foles) and he simply doesn't run that much, evidenced by only 20 total attempts in 13 games - or not even two rushes per game. What is really interesting though is he was only sacked seven times this past year, six in 2010, and only five times in 2009. Why so few sacks? Because he gets rid of the ball quickly based upon his great sense of anticipation and his understanding of defenses. Forget disguises, because he is already ahead of the game. He knows where he is going with the ball at the snap and the ball comes out of his hand so fast that he rarely gets hit.

When it gets down to it, the most important criteria that a quarterback should be judged by is the scoreboard. With a career total of 50 wins and only 3 losses, Kellen Moore is the winningest quarterback in the history of college football. In 2007, his redshirt year at Boise State, the Broncos lost to Washington at Husky Stadium. He is second all-time for touchdown passes and has also done it against every "big time" program he has faced, including the likes of Georgia, Virginia Tech, TCU and a certain team named Oregon, whom BSU beat twice in his career. He is flat-out a good quarterback and somehow he will figure out how to succeed at the next level.

I was fortunate enough to do radio coverage and watch Moore play in the state playoffs back when he played for his dad, Tom, at Prosser High School. I had known Tom for years and always thought he was one of the best high school coaches in the state. I remember thinking to myself coach James or coach Lambright wouldn't have kept me from recruiting him because neither of them was that tall themselves. It was obvious coming out of high school that he probably wasn't going to pick Washington because they had just signed Jake Locker, but how in the world the Cougars passed on him was totally baffling to me. It was quite possibly the biggest recruiting blunder by the Cougars ever because I'm certain he would have gone there if offered.

He was really skinny then but still had all the throws, and he was literally impossible to get to defensively because he'd just zip that left hand in there and beat you right off the ball. He holds almost every single high school record, including a national best 787 completions and a state best 173 touchdowns (67 in his senior season alone).

Kellen Moore has had as much to do with Boise State becoming a national power as any other person - including their fine coach, Chris Petersen. Moore is humble, intelligent, well spoken, and an absolute team player. He has continually deflected praise throughout his career and has the best touch and accuracy of any of the quarterbacks in this year's draft.

There can be little denying that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be the first two players picked in the draft, and both obviously have stronger arms but I wouldn't be surprised to see Schneider and the Seahawks selecting Moore if he is still there late in the draft - especially if they don't take one with their first or second pick.

If they draft Moore then I know they will be getting a winner. Isn't that what the game is all about?


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