The third quarterback position has always been something of intrigue for Detroit Lions fans. With Matthew Stafford having battled inconsistencies throughout his career, it doesn’t hurt to have the coaching staff develop a young quarterback.
Even if Stafford puts those uncertainties to rest and becomes a consistent quarterback for the Lions, they could develop a quarterback and then trade him for assets. Whether those assets consisted of players or draft picks, it would be a win-win.
Since the Lions drafted Stafford, they have not drafted another quarterback. However, they have signed multiple undrafted quarterbacks, including current third string quarterback Kellen Moore and 2014 undrafted free agent signing, James Franklin.
Moore was always an interesting prospect given his success in his four years at Boise State. In those four years, he easily cemented himself as one of the greatest collegiate quarterbacks in history. But college success doesn’t guarantee NFL success and concerns regarding Moore’s ability to flourish at the pro level have mostly been proven true.
As for Franklin, he had some success at Missouri, but his true evaluation will come in the preseason.
As unfortunate as it sounds, we may actually never see Moore move up the Lions depth chart, nor see Franklin be given a fair shot to make the Lions roster. The reason behind that is because that third quarterback roster spot could be used on somebody who will actually make an impact for the team. Fewers teams actually carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster than ever before. Perhaps the Lions join the trend this year.
Given the amount of talent and depth the Lions have in other areas, it might make more sense to use that roster spot on a young player who can contribute as a role player or on special teams while he develops.