Moore led the Broncos to an undefeated 14-0 record in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing 277-for-431 (64.3%) for 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns and 3 interceptions (NCAA single-season record for lowest percent of passes intercepted, 0.7%), earning WAC offensive player of the year and First Team All-WAC honors.
He might have had his best season in 2010 as a junior, going 273-for-383 (71.3%) for a career-high 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, finishing fourth in the Heisman voting (first Bronco ever invited to ceremony) and earning First Team All-American and All-WAC honors.
Moore returned in 2011 as a senior, finishing 326-for-439 (74.3%) for 3,800 yards, 9 interceptions and a career-best 43 touchdowns, earning Mountain West offensive player of the year and First Team All-MWC honors.
Moore is an impeccable timing and rhythm left-handed passer with immense confidence on the football field ~ an elite quarterback from the neck up and nicknamed "the surgeon" for his precision as a passer.
He doesn't have a live arm and lacks elite tools with sloppy fundamentals, but his passing mechanics worked for him in college ~ he thinks he can make any throw with his self-confidence and fearlessness.
Moore has a "wow" collegiate resume as a four-year starter with consistent production as a proven winner (only collegiate quarterback in NCAA history with 50 career wins) and off-the-charts intangibles, but his lack of overall size and arm strength are huge red flags.
There is a place at the next level for such a sharp offensive mind, but he has very limited NFL potential because of his physical shortcomings ~ a third day pick who looks like a career back-up, similar to Saints reserve quarterback Chase Daniel.
Strengths: Highly intelligent and has been extremely productive, making very few mental mistakes. Very smart and plays like an offensive coordinator on the field. Extremely accurate with above average ball placement ~ puts the ball where he wants and understands where it needs to be.
Plays with infectious confidence, allowing his teammates to feed off of his poise and fearlessness. Always keeps his eyes downfield and works through his progressions very quickly, making snap decisions.
A bright individual who breaks down information in a flash and reads defenses well with very good pre-snap recognition ~ knows what to look for with a firm grasp on situations and scenarios. Good short-to-intermediate arm strength with beautiful touch. Very good feel and comfort level in the pocket, maneuvering his way to avoid pressure.
Very even-keeled and never panics ~ always in control of his emotions. Has a knack for finding the open target with very good vision and enjoys spreading the wealth ~ didn't miss a beat after losing his top two receivers from 2010. Works hard to prepare and lives in the film room ~ student of the game and works hard at what he does.
Very high career completion percentage (69.8%) and doesn't miss when he has time to survey the field and set his feet ~ deadly accurate when he's in rhythm and makes smart decisions. Very good game manager with a lot of savvy and self-belief ~ acts as a veteran point guard always in control distributing the ball.
Very good experience as a four-year starter with a near-perfect collegiate record of 50-3 ~ most wins every by a college quarterback (good chance this mark will never be reached again). Holds almost every school passing record and is near the top of several NCAA records. Vocal leader and sharp on and off the field ~ looks like a future coach.
Has stayed relatively healthy and toughed-out minor injuries. Moore has all the intangibles ~ intelligence, coach's son, gym rat, winning resume, et cetera.
Weaknesses: Lack of height, measureables and overall size are an huge red flag ~ looks diminutive in the huddle. Lacks the arm strength to drive the ball downfield to keep defenses honest ~ throws too many rainbows/soft-tosses and lacks the cannon to zip the ball all over the field and threaten secondaries deep.
Only an average athlete and has limited mobility ~ doesn't have the legs to consistently evade pressure. Has funky mechanics, making too many passes off his back foot with his momentum going backwards ~ has several habits that work for him, but won't be able to get away with them at the next level. Gets lazy with his footwork and balance.
Gets himself in trouble at times when he rushes his throws and tries to force things ~ appears to pre-determine a lot of his throws, staring down his targets. Played behind a very good offensive line who gave him a clean pocket most of the time ~ struggles to always recognize extra pressure and adjust accordingly.
Accuracy on passes over 20 yds is very streaky ~ finesses passer with too much air in his deep throws. Almost all of Moore's collegiate snaps came from shotgun formation with very little experience under center ~ fumbled the snap in the bowl game when he lined up under center.
Played in an offense centered around his strengths and wasn't asked to face top competitions week-in and week-out."
NFL Comparison: Chase Daniel, New Orleans Saints."
-- Dane Brugler
Also, he lacks an ideal physical skill set. He doesn’t possess the arm to make all the throws asked of him at the next level. Those passes tend to hang on him and he doesn’t possess the ability to put the throw on a line down the field.
Now to his credit, he does do a nice job anticipating routes, staying in proper rhythm in the pass game and he has a natural feel when the football needs to come out.
Plus, his pocket awareness is very good, as he’s subtle with his movements to buy time in the pocket, maintain balance and transfer his weight well through the throw when he has time and needs to create an angle for himself.
He’s very accurate with the football. His ball placement underneath is at a “plus” level as he hits receivers in stride consistently and allows them to run through the throw. He also exhibits “plus” touch down the field, dropping the football into tight areas at the 2nd/3rd level.
However, despite his “plus” accuracy even when falling off throws, he’s simply not a guy who is going to force a defense to cover the entire field at the next level because of his limited arm strength.
Furthermore, because of his limited size when there is a push in the pocket right into his face, he doesn’t have the stature to routinely find a throwing lane in order to deliver the football without drifting away from pressure.
Therefore, he’s too often forced to fall off throws, negating his arm strength even more and giving defenders a better chance to make a play on the football.
He gets away with a lot of throws at the college level down the seam and at the second level because the defenders he sees every week don’t have the range to make plays on the football. The tighter windows in the NFL make me worry about his chances.
From a mental standpoint, Moore grades out about as high as you can in this area. He’s able to decipher information quickly, he’s a magician with his pre-snap reads and routinely finds secondary targets underneath and locates his hot man.
He’s the son of a high school football coach, is a proven winner and has taken his team on the road, against adversity, and beaten some very good football programs. He’s a hard worker who puts in the time and because of that warrants a pick and a potential roster spot.
Impression: I see him more as a later round type pick/reserve only whose playing career will end up being closer to say a Koy Detmer type quarterback than a Drew Brees."
Weaknesses: The physical tools are lacking with Moore. He checks in at 6-0 and 188 pounds which is not conducive for taking the weekly beating of the NFL. His arm strength is below-average and can’t make all the throws necessary at the next level. His mechanics are flawed and will need changed at the next level.
Bottom Line: Moore will intrigue a few West Coast teams that rely on timing and accuracy. He lacks the arm strength and overall physical tools to be considered a starter in the league. Moore may be the ultimate boom or bust pick in the draft. His football IQ is second to none and has won a ton of games at the collegiate level. He could be worth a flier in the 5th round.
Draft Projection: Moore is a boom or bust pick that probably lands in the 5th round although we think he’s a 6th round prospect."
Has an uncanny ability to hit receivers in stride downfield and is surprisingly accurate deep.
Terrific passing instincts and innate feel for pressure.
Outstanding timing and anticipation.
Can pick apart defenses — makes few mental mistakes.
Looks like a free agent on paper with below-line measurables, but his quarterbacking skills grade out like a first-rounder.
Always might be challenged to earn a starting job given his lack of size and slight bone structure, but has the moxie, presence, and pinpoint accuracy to at least become a great backup in a precision passing game.
An accomplished, highly productive four-year starter, Moore has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees without the arm."
Gets the game, though, and is a very accurate underneath passer with uncanny vision and poise in the pocket; three-year starter who has already thrown for almost 11,000 careers yards with a 68% career completion mark including over 71% last fall; also has thrown 74 TD passes the past couple of years against just 9 interceptions;
Has a quick release and rarely gets sacked; character player with high-end leadership intangibles; son of a coach has been described as a ‘football nerd’ whose whole life revolves around the game."
Good decision maker who doesn't turn the ball over, has thrown one interception for every 69 pass attempts over the past three seasons... Completes a high percentage of his passes, 74 percent as a senior... Good awareness in the pocket, eludes defenders and will step into pressure to deliver throws...
Good athletic ability, is able to pick up first downs with his feet when flushed out of the pocket... A winner, compiled a 50-3 record at Boise State... Strong intangibles, already earned his bachelor's degree, is currently working on his master's in kinesiology... A natural leader, teammates respond well to him.
Negatives -- Weak arm by NFL standards, really struggles pushing the ball downfield and his sideline throws often look like lobs... Lack of velocity is his biggest weakness, simply doesn't get enough on his throws to be effective in the NFL... Holds the ball a bit too low and has a slow throwing motion...
Footwork is all over the place, needs to be coached on many of the fundaments of the position... Very small, both short and thin, does not bode well for his transition to the NFL...
Played in a spread attack at Boise that relies on him to make short accurate throws to open receivers, doesn't have to throw his receivers open and the Boise offense doesn't ask him to go through a natural progression or work under center...
Is likely to join the long list of tremendous collegiate quarterbacks who struggle to make it at the next level (Think Colt Brennan, Jason White, Chase Daniel, etc.)."
The elephant in the room, so to speak, for Moore is that he is undersized. NFL types love the big 6'6" Ryan Mallett types and Moore is only 6'.
With that size, he has adequate arm strength but he isn't going to wow anyone at the combine. Moore played mostly out of the shotgun formation and naturally, NFL teams are working around this deficiency in today's game, but playing under center is something he'll need to work on.
Boise State's offense relied on him making a lot of quick reads and throws. He typically took great care of the football. Moore is ultimately a game manager quarterback with above-average accuracy.
His long wind-up will turn off a lot of GMs. In the end, his combination of intelligent play and winning ways will carry him in the draft. The pros certainly outweigh the cons, but most of the cons deal solely with his physical limitations (size, arm strength, mobility)."