Do Seahawks fans have the wrong local quarterback in mind to lead their favorite pro team into the future?
While talk has been rampant over the past couple of years regarding homegrown Jake Locker taking over the huddle at Qwest Field, Kellen Moore’s name has been nonexistent.
The unusually gifted Locker’s biggest selling point is not what he’s done on the field. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Locker has the size to play at the next level. He has arm strength. He has excellent speed. What he doesn’t have is the ability to consistently complete passes. In four years in a Washington uniform, the Ferndale, Wash. product hasn’t eclipsed a season completion percentage of 59 percent.
Another issue? Locker’s ability to stay healthy. Granted he played a full slate of games last season, the reckless style of play that is his trademark continuously puts him in danger of getting nicks, bruises and setbacks here and there, more so than others at his position.
Moore, on the other hand, has done nothing but produce in three years as the signal caller for the Boise State Broncos. The 6-foot, 187-pound passer from Prosser, Wash. has led his team to the national stage while completing no less than 64.3 percent of his passes in his three-year collegiate career.
While Moore’s build could be an area of concern, a few trips to a NFL weight room could do wonders.
What about his height, though? While 6-foot quarterbacks are more the exception than the rule, there’s one current starter that’s not only had a steady professional career, but also is coming off a Super Bowl championship, Drew Brees.
Then there’s also the price tags that will accompany the two. Locker is a surefire high first-round pick in April’s National Football League Draft. A big guaranteed contract will follow. Moore could be a first rounder, but probably could more likely be had in the second or third round with a sizably smaller contract, freeing up both money and Seattle’s first pick to address a need at a different position.
Should Seattle bring in a potential quarterback of the future via the 2011 NFL Draft, don’t be surprised if Moore’s name is floated around as much or more than Locker’s.
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