28 April 2012
The NFL Network is reporting Boise State's star quarterback, Kellen Moore, an undrafted free agent, is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions. With Drew Stanton having moved on via free agency, Moore is going to compete for the now vacant 3rd string QB position, behind incumbent starter Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Shaun Hill.
Mlive's Anwar S. Richardson details Moore's stellar college numbers:
Moore was 50-3 as a college starter at Boise State. Last season, Moore was 326-of-439 (74.3 percent) for 3,800 yards, nine interceptions and a career-best 43 touchdowns. In 2010 as a junior, Moore was 273-of-383 (71.3 percent) for a career-high 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns and six interceptions. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting (first Bronco ever invited to the ceremony). Moore also earned First Team All-American and All-WAC honors.
So why wasn't Moore drafted? He's thought to be too small for a pro-style QB at 6 foot even, and has an average arm, at best. Looked at in that vein, Moore is the anti-Matthew Stafford. But productivity talks, and Moore was a very, very productive college QB.
The Lions needed a developmental QB. Signing Moore as that player is a win-win. The get a young QB with all the intangibles who should make league minimum as their number 3, and they didn't have to burn a draft pick in order to get him.
Kellen Moore Boise State highlight reel (WARNING: Annoying music and Smurf Turf):
Moore with Jon Gruden: (WARNING: CHUCKY)
Moore isn't the only post draft addition. The Freep's Dave Birkett reports the Lions have come to terms with 2 other undrafted free agents:
Kicker Derek Dimke of Illinois agreed to terms with the Lions, his agent Paul Sheehy tweeted. Offensive lineman Rodney Austin of Elon also has agreed to terms with the team, according to a tweet from Atlas Strategies president Mark Magazu.
And the jockeying for warm training camp bodies begins.
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