Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks with Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Willing to Consider Drafting a Quarterback


The Detroit Lions have some sorting out to do at quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and their solution could come through the draft.

The Lions have enjoyed a stable quarterback situation for the past three years with Matthew Stafford able to stay healthy but with a capable backup in Shaun Hill behind him. Hill has drawn interest from the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams but has yet to sign. That leaves the door open for a return to the Lions but the cap-strapped team may not ultimately be able to afford him.

That leaves just Kellen Moore on the roster behind Stafford and there isn’t any indication that the Lions have enough confidence to hand him the number two job. If he hasn’t earned that trust yet, he may never and the Lions would be right to make other plans as soon as possible. His arm strength has increased since joining the Lions as an undrafted free agent but still doesn’t possess an NFL-caliber arm. Whatever advantage he may have had from being around the Lions for the past two seasons is minimized with a new coaching staff taking over.

For the Lions, the draft may prove the best option to address their backup quarterback situation as it could yield a player at a much lower cost than Hill and with greater upside than Moore. The trick is balancing that need with the team’s other needs, especially considering the backup quarterback never sees the field in an ideal world.

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  • George_Johnson

    Its going to have to be one of the top QBs available to beat out Kellen Moore for 2nd string QB. The author of this article is forgetting that Kellen Moore has two years of experience in practicing and preseason under his belt and was one of the top college QBs in his draft class. Moore will likely pick up the new playbook faster than Stafford and whoever else they bring in unless the other QB has played under the current offensive coordinator. I wouldn’t doubt Moore will look better than Stafford in practice and preseason with the exception of throwing the long ball like a cannon. Moore cannot throw a rocket and he never will be able to. He has to compensate for this weakness with other skills and abilities such as accuracy and anticipation. The author implies the current Detroit management doesn’t have the confidence in Moore. That could be but I think the former coaches were gaining a lot of confidence in him. The current coaches don’t know him so they would not be in a very good position at this point to make a judgment. If you look at him on film he looks undersized, not a strong arm and inadequate throwing/body motion to be an NFL QB. These are his weaknesses, but he has exceptional strengths. His coach in college, Peterson said Moore looks his best in games not practice and that is why he was 50-3 and developed a reputation as a winner. He looks good in games because of his knowledge of being a QB and almost always making the right decision. The new coaches will likely gain confidence in him after they work with him. However, the question is still can he play in the NFL, since he cannot make the rocket type throws and probably never will be able to. All the so called experts for the draft said no he can’t make it in the NFL and therefore he was not drafted.

    • Alonzo

      Wow, by the way you make it sound Kellen Moore should change his nameplate to say Christ. Moore can’t run, he has a weak arm and he’s short for a QB. Is he the smartest QB on Detroit’s roster? Probably but stats and intelligence means nothing if you don’t have the physical tools to make plays in the NFL. It’s not college and Detroit doesn’t run a college system. Kellen Moore will not beat out Stafford, he might have a chance to be a No. 2 someday but he’ll never consistently start. Moore was Linehan’s project not the organization’s project.

      • George_Johnson

        I agree Moore can’t run and he is not very athletic. I didn’t say he would win the #1 QB job over Stafford. I said he may look better than Stafford in preseason because of his ability to learn the playbook quickly and his being in his third season. I think he could beat out most draft picks and other experienced QBs for the 2nd string QB position if given the chance. An exception might be a QB that has played under the new offensive coordinator.