Can Boise State’s Moore benefit from Tebow effect?

MOBILE, Ala. — When you think about it, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore isn’t all that different from Tim Tebow when the Broncos’ QB was going through the draft evaluation process in 2010.

Question marks were abound back then about Tebow’s unconventional left-handed throwing motion and his ability to run a pro-style offense coming out of Florida. Those same concerns currently hang over Moore like a grey cloud, as well as his 5-foot-11 frame, which is near midget status for NFL quarterbacks.

Boise State QB Kellen Moore drops back to pass during a 2012 Senior Bowl practice. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

Just like with Tebow, though, one thing that can’t be denied is Moore’s winning pedigree. That’s ultimately what landed Tebow in the late first round despite all of his inequities after initially being projected as a third- or fourth-round pick. So what will it mean for Moore, who, at the moment, figures not to be selected until the third day of April’s draft?

“I think certainly a lot has to be said for that,” Moore said Tuesday after Senior Bowl practice with the North squad. “As far as just playing the quarterback position, you got to play it at a high level and be able to win games. That’s the bottom line; that’s your job.”

In that regard, nobody has ever done his job better than Moore, whose 50 career victories made him college football’s winningest QB ever. It can’t hurt, either, that Moore was very accurate with a 69.8 completion percentage.

That’s got to count for something, but will it be enough to offset Moore’s deficiencies? Will it be enough for a team to take a chance on him sooner rather than later?

Moore isn’t worried about it one way or the other.

“I don’t really know,” Moore said. “There’s a lot of different ways to look at things. Some people may look at it differently than others. You just need one team to like you, and you’ll be good.”

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