New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Boise State QB Kellen Moore
The New York Giants do not need a quarterback, not with Eli Manning under center. However, backup David Carr is getting older, and more expensive to keep around and third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux is raw. In 2009, the Giants drafted Rhett Bomar in the fifth round in the hopes of grooming him to become a backup to Eli but Bomar was signed off the Giants practice squad in 2010 by the Minnesota Vikings. It would make sense for the Giants to draft a quarterback in the late rounds who they might be able to groom to become a capable backup to Eli Manning. One of the few quarterbacks that makes sense for the Giants and who should be available is Boise State’s Kellen Moore.
Moore is limited physically, standing only 6-0 and weighing 190 pounds. He does compound his height deficiency with a lower release point than most NFL quarterbacks and lacks ideal arm strength and accuracy to make deep throws. However, he does throw a very nice football on short and intermediate routes and has experience running a pro-style offense at Boise State. He is a pocket passer who can move well inside the pocket but is not a scrambler.
Moore’s greatest strength is his intelligence. He knows football. At Boise State he basically lived inside the film room according to his coaches. He is adept at recognizing blitzes and utilizing audibles to maximize offensive production. He doesn’t make many mental mistakes but will sometimes throw off of his back foot. He was excellent in college at running the two-minute drill and shows poise and confidence during that time.
The Giants aren’t looking for a replacement for Eli Manning. However, drafting a young kid with a high football IQ and strong character and a history of winning (he has 50 wins as a quarterback to make him the NCAA’s all-time leader) might be a smart move by GM Jerry Reese. He will learn the Giants offense quickly and should be able to step in a year or two as the teams backup quarterback. He won’t break any NFL records like another 6-0 tall quarterback named Drew Brees but he can run an offense efficiently for a game or two without killing the coaching staff with mental errors. If Moore were available in the seventh round I would take a flier on him. His football knowledge, habit of winning, and ability to run a pro-style offense make him a decent fit for the Giants moving forward.