After the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions signed undrafted Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. In his first season, Moore earned a spot as the third string quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill. Moore is now facing stiff competition during the 2013 Training Camp.
The Lions have signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. The advantage for NFL experience goes to Lewis, who played in one NFL game last season. However, Moore looked impressive enough during the 2012 NFL preseason.
In his final preseason game, Moore completed 17 of 30 passes. He threw for 211 yards and rushed for the game winning touchdown. During preseason, Moore completed 53% of his 78 passes thrown. He finished with one passing touchdown and two interceptions. The Lions were impressed enough with Moore to give him a spot on the 53 man roster.
While at Boise State, Moore was near unbeatable. He finished with a 50-3 record, breaking the record for most NCAA Division I football wins. In his college career, Moore completed 70% of passes. Moore’s 14,667 passing yards rank sixth all time. In his 2011 junior season, Moore led the NCAA in passing percentage. Moore finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting one season and finished in the top ten three of his four college seasons.
It came as a bit of a surprise that Moore was not drafted in 2012. Eleven different quarterbacks heard their name called in the seven round NFL Draft, including four in the first round. Moore was criticized for his lack of a throwing arm and his height.
Lewis will be tough competition for Moore. While Stafford will be the likely starter in Detroit for some time, the competition for the backup role will heat up. Hill is a free agent at the end of 2013. Expect the Lions to take a good hard look at Moore and Lewis in the preseason, as one of them might be backup in 2014.