NFL Draft blog: Kellen Moore joins Lions as free agent; record six Broncos drafted; Shoemaker to Bucs

By Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy
sports@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Moore happy with Lions

I have a full story in the paper tomorrow. Here are a couple quotes from Moore:

— “Very frustrating process, but a great outcome in the end. Going into it, you felt very comfortable and confident that you’d get an opportunity to get drafted. Bottom line is it didn’t happen. But it’s kind of funny you end up where you’d love to go in the first place. … There are two great (quarterbacks) to learn from and I think that presents a great opportunity going in there.”

— “I don’t think there will probably be a more motivated quarterback."

I have more on Moore's signing with the Lions below.

— Chadd Cripe

Tevis to Saints; Baker to Vikings; Shoemaker to Bucs; Root to Dolphins

Boise State linebacker Aaron Tevis has agreed to terms with the Saints as an undrafted free agent, he said.

Defensive tackle Chase Baker has agreed with the Vikings, he said. Baker visited the Vikings before the draft. He heard from about every team, he said.

"I'm excited how it worked out," he said. "I understood I was on the bubble. ... It's huge (to get an opportunity). You can't ask for more. You just need one team to fall in love with you. Hopefully I don't have to go anywhere else besides Minnesota."

Wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker, who caught a school-record 16 TD passes last year, has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, he said.

Defensive end Jarrell Root, the fifth member of the vaunted defensive line, has agreed to terms with the Dolphins.

— Chadd Cripe

Kellen Moore joins Lions

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has agreed to join the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent, he confirmed Saturday by text message.

He will be the third quarterback on the Lions roster, behind established starter Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Shaun Hill. The Lions lost their third quarterback, Drew Stanton, in free agency and wanted to find a player to develop.

"I think that role, whether it's filled in the draft or free agency, will be a developmental type player," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said at the NFL league meetings, according to the team webssite. "I don't know how old that guy will be, but we'll see him as guy who has the opportunity to develop and has upside, whoever that player is."

Boise State coach Chris Petersen was on the phone with Moore through the late part of the draft and the decision-making process on the free-agency deal.

Petersen said it helped Moore that he was able to choose a spot where he was needed.

"They had narrowed it down to two or three different places," Petersen said of Moore and his agent. "After talking to those guys, they felt very confident that (Detroit) was his best opportunity to play in the NFL."

Petesen said he was surprised Moore wasn't drafted, but "in some ways I'm glad as it started to get late so he could actually get where he feels like he's most comfortable."

Moore, who set an FBS record with 50 career wins, was snubbed because of his lack of size and arm strength. Draft analysts on ESPN and the NFL Network gave him zero chance to be a starting quarterback.

"The NFL guys would be the first to tell you that — they really feel like certainly at that position there's a minimum cutoff and if you're not that, they're not willing to take too much of a chance," Petersen said. "I do think there are a lot of teams who were extremely intrigued by him and who would have loved to get him on their roster. The Lions are the ones who are extremely fortunate. They're going to get a good player. ... If a team gives him a legitimate chance to learn the system and get reps, I really believe he will be in the NFL for a while."

Moore will rejoin wide receiver Titus Young in Detroit. He also could see extensive playing time in the final preseason game vs. the Bills, in Detroit, scheduled for Aug. 29 or 30. The Broncos open Aug. 31 at Michigan State.

— Chadd Cripe

Petersen's take on the draft

Here's what Boise State coach Chris Petersen had to say about the draft:

— On six draft picks: I wasn't totally surprised. I thought we were going to have a lot of guys go, and I think we'll still have a few more sign. We'll have a lot of Broncos in the NFL next year."

— On recruiting: "It kind of just goes along with our message of, 'You can achieve all your goals — win a lot of games, chase NFL dreams, get a great degree, play with really good teammates, all those things we talk about in recruiting. It's just proof now that you can get that done here at Boise State as well as anywhere."

— On Shea McClellin and Doug Martin: "I've been saying this all along — the thing that's so great about it is as good a players as they are, they're equally good people. You just love it when the right thing happens to good people. There's no question their play has spoken for itself over the years. What a lot of people don't truly know is what great kids those guys are. We're so excited for them. That's why they went in the first round. Those NFL guys knew that — they're great players, but they also have everything else that went with it."

— On Tyrone Crawford: "It's not surprising because I think those Cowboys are really into those physical defensive linemen. That's what Tyrone is. He's going to fit right in with those guys. I think Tyrone will play for a while in the NFL."

— On George Iloka and Billy Winn sliding: "It's kind of frustrating. I talked to one or two teams about George. I thought he was going to go earlier than he did. ... It's just weird how it falls. I think those two teams got two good players, and I think they got real good value for them."

— On Nate Potter joining Daryn Colledge in Arizona: "I'm sure he's fired up about that. I think that will be awesome. Daryn will give him a nice security blanket going to the same place. They might be playing right next to each other. If nothing else, Daryn will be another coach."

— Chadd Cripe

Potter joins Colledge in Arizona

Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter was a seventh-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, which puts him on the same team as Daryn Colledge. Colledge was the Broncos' left tackle from 2002 to 2005 and was a second-round pick; Potter was the left tackle from 2009 to 2011.

They have worked out together in the summers.

"I'm pretty fortunate," Potter said. "He helped me a lot the last couple years. When I was working with him, I learned a lot about football, about life, and now I have an opportunity to learn more."

Potter was at home in Boise when the Cardinals called him.

"I was just glad, a little relief," he said. "I was just happy I get the chance to go play. Someone who is in the position to get drafted is just a very lucky person. I was just happy to be part of the discussion and to get my chance.

"I think it's just validation for my family and my teammates and my coaching staff and everyone at BSU for all their hard work and dedication and all their help for me. Getting drafted is a huge accomplishment, but I'm not going to be focused on that. Now I have an opportunity and I have to go make something happen. I have to go to work. That’s where my mindset is. I don’t want to downplay getting drafted but I know l have a lot of work ahead."

Potter was excited to see five teammates drafted, too.

"I really can't put into words how great it is for our program and for those guys," he said. "Every time a Bronco got drafted, I thought I was getting drafted I was so excited. ... More guys are going to get a chance. I know they're all going to make a huge splash."

— Chadd Cripe

Kellen Moore goes undrafted

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was not drafted Saturday. He likely will sign somewhere as a free agent shortly. Moore set an FBS record with 50 career wins against three losses and finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting three times.

There were only 11 quarterbacks selected, including two each by two teams. Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish was the last pick of the draft.

Andrew Luck of Stanford (first, Colts), Robert Griffin III of Baylor (first, Redskins), Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M (first, Dolphins), Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State (first, Browns), Brock Osweiler of Arizona State (second, Broncos), Kirk Cousins of Michigan State (fourth, Redskins), Nick Foles of Arizona (third, Eagles), Russell Wilson of Wisconsin (third, Seahawks), B.J. Coleman of Tennessee-Chattanooga (seventh, Packers), Ryan Lindley of San Diego State (sixth, Cardinals) and Harnish were drafted.

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King tweeted: "Don't mean to preach. But Kellen Moore undrafted--absurd. Just absurd. Did NFL people watch his games?"

— Chadd Cripe

Cardinals take Boise State OT Nate Potter in seventh round

The Arizona Cardinals drafted Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter in the seventh round, with pick No. 221.

Potter, who is from Timberline High, joins former Boise State left tackle Daryn Colledge in Arizona. The two have worked out together in the offseason.

Potter was a consensus All-American left tackle last year.

ESPN's Todd McShay said Arizona needs help at right tackle.

"Very good starting experience," he said of Potter. "Pass protection, he's average, but he has the tools. ... If he can continue to get stronger and if he continues to improve, Nate Potter has a chance to at least become a decent swingman in the NFL. At this point, a good value pick for Arizona."

Potter was the school-record sixth Boise State draft pick.

— Chadd Cripe

McSurdy goes to Cowboys

Linebacker Caleb McSurdy of Borah High and Montana went to Dallas with pick 222, in the seventh round.

Browns take Boise State DT Billy Winn in sixth round

The Cleveland Browns used the 205th pick of the NFL Draft, late in the sixth round, to select Boise State defensive tackle Billy Winn.

The pick was the fifth this year for the Broncos, a school record.

Winn fell much farther than expected.

"This surprises me," ESPN's Todd McShay said. "There are some durability issues. I wonder if thre's more to it medically. A lot of people had him in the third- or fourth-round range. Billy Winn was disruptive. He was never consistent. I think that's part of the problem. ... His initial burst and his ability to penetrate and create some disruption vs. the run is what he does best. That's really his value.

Added Mel Kiper Jr.: "When you're flashing it like Billy Winn did, we thought third or fourth round was highly possible for Billy Winn. ... He didn't do it week to week. In some cases, you do drop."=

— Chadd Cripe

ESPN analysts see bleak NFL future for Kellen Moore

Here are some comments from an ESPN discussion about Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore:

Trent Dilfer: "I have no doubt Kellen Moore has the traits to play the first-reaction game in the NFL. His anticipation is unique, throwing the ball where the receiver is not. Seeing the field through a confident lense. ... The NFL has become dominated by the second- and third-reaction game. Being accurate off-platform, when your feet aren't right, when the situation isn't right. ... He is a football master. He understands concepts, he understands what the defense is doing, he understands football in general as well as anyone I've ever been around. ... Your physical traits need to buy you time and allow you to thrive when everything isn't right. Kellen Moore is a guy who has to have everything right to be successful. ... (His ceiling is) a very good career backup. Come in a couple times a year as a starter and help you win a football game."

Bill Polian: "He's got great intangibles. From the football understanding, from the work-ethic standpoint, from a preparation standpoint, he's Peyton Manning. Unfortunately his physical qualities do not match up. It's hard to play in this league at a consistent level when you don't have an outstanding physical quality, and he doesn't. ... He's going to get a chance. The ceiling here is not very high. He may make it as a backup because he's so prepared that he won't lose a game for you, but I'm not sure the physical qualities allow him to win for you."

On an ESPN poll, 60.5 percent of fans said Moore will be an NFL journeyman.

— Chadd Cripe

Bengals take Boise State safety George Iloka in the fifth round

The Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday selected Boise State safety George Iloka with the 167th pick, late in the fifth round.

"Tackling, he needs to improve on, but the kid's an athlete," ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. "He looks the part — tall, rangy safety. Two Bengals picks, you're talking the end of the fifth round, that make a lot of sense."

The other pick was wide receiver Marvin Jones of California.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis attended Boise State's pro day.

"A humble beginning...#BLESSED," Iloka tweeted.

Said Lewis: "I really got excited seeing him doing a lot of the things we like to do on tape. He's been a very, very good hitter. He's going to have to learn how to play the game and break down and make tackles. Once in a while he gets out of control because he's going so fast. But really love everything about him."

Iloka's selection was the school-record-tying fourth this year for Boise State.

More Kiper on Iloka: "Rarely see a safety 6-3.5, 223 pounds that has this kind of range. He’s got long arms, tremendous wingspan, he had seven interceptions in his career, you’re talking about a guy that has the skill set to be an NFL free safety if his tackling improves. That was the issue, some missed tackles, didn’t break down as well in space as you need to, but a very athletic safety, excellent range, you talk about the leadership ability, the quarterback of the defense, that deep patrol that you want, good attitude, good approach, made a lot of impact plays at Boise State. You’re talking about a guy that runs 4.55, 4.6 range, plays fast as well. A kid with his size and his long arms, he is a factor down the field as well. If the tackling improves and he’s coached up — again Marvin Lewis, a defensive guy, loves working with those DBs — George Iloka has a lot of talent."

— Chadd Cripe

Idaho linebacker picked in fifth round

Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Toomer was chosen with the 154th choice overall.

Toomer (6-foot-2, 234 pounds) had a strong senior season and impressed NFL scouts with his post-season workouts. He played linebacker for Idaho, but also was a short-yardage running back late in the season. He had three rushing touchdowns.

Seattle also selected Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round and Utah State running back Robert Turbin in the fourth round.

— Brian Murphy

No Broncos taken in fourth round

The fourth round ended just before noon today without a Boise State player being selected. Safety George Iloka and defensive tackle Billy Winn were considered third-round possibilities and are falling.

Draft Tracker

Here's where we'll track the players from Boise State, the Mountain West, the WAC and Boise State opponents drafted:

First round
19. DE Shea McClellin, Boise State, Bears
31. RB Doug Martin, Boise State, Buccaneers
32. RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech, Giants
61. RB LaMichael James, Oregon, 49ers

Second round
41. OL Cordy Glenn, Georgia, Bills
47. LB Bobby Wagner, Utah State, Seahawks
57. QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, Broncos

Third round
67. RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Broncos
76. OL Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio), Texans
79. S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State, Bears
81. DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise State, Cowboys
94. CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech, Giants
95. OT Tony Bergstrom, Utah, Raiders

Fourth round
99. C Ben Jones, Georgia, Texans
106. RB Robert Turbin, Utah State, Seahawks
107. WR Devon Wylie, Fresno State, Chiefs
116. TE Orson Charles, Georgia, Bengals
120. LB James-Michael Johnson, Nevada, Browns
123. CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia, Eagles
129. OLB Miles Burris, San Diego State, Raiders

Fifth round
142. OLB Brandon Marshall, Nevada, Jaguars
147. LB Tank Carder, TCU, Bills
152. WR Danny Coale, Virginia Tech, Cowboys
154. LB Korey Toomer, Idaho, Seahawks
155. LB Josh Kaddu, Oregon, Dolphins
167. S George Iloka, Boise State, Bengals

Sixth round
175. K Blair Walsh, Georgia, Vikings
178. OL Mark Asper, Oregon, Bills (from Idaho Falls)
184. CB Isaiah Frey, Nevada, Bears
185. QB Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, Chargers
196. CB Jonte Green, New Mexico State, Lions
205. DT Billy Winn, Boise State, Browns

Seventh round
208. OT Justin Anderson, Georgia, Colts
209. OLB Aaron Brown, Hawaii, Rams
212. RB Michael Smith, Utah State, Buccaneers
218. DT Jerome Long, San Diego State, Chiefs
220. DB Greg McCoy, TCU, Bears
221. OT Nate Potter, Boise State, Cardinals
227. WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Dolphins
236. DE Deangelo Tyson, Georgia, Ravens
240. TE David Paulson, Oregon, Steelers

Idaho Statesman draft stories

April 28: Tyrone Crawford to Cowboys story
April 28: Shea McClellin/Doug Martin notes
April 27: Shea McClellin to Bears story
April 27: Doug Martin to Bucs story
April 26: Shea McClellin profile
April 25: Doug Martin column
April 24: Kellen Moore column
April 23: Non-Boise State locals story
April 21: Boise State defensive line story

Stories about Boise State draftees in their new cities

April 28: Dallas Morning News on Tyrone Crawford
April 28: Chicago Tribune on Shea McClellin
April 28:Tampa Tribune on Doug Martin
April 27: Chicago Tribune on Shea McClellin
April 27: Chicago Sun-Times says McClellin choice was a surprise
April 27: Tampa Tribune on Doug Martin

Boise State's top picks all-time

12. OT Ryan Clady, 2008, Broncos
19. DE Shea McClellin, 2012, Bears
29. CB Kyle Wilson, 2010, Jets
30. DE Markus Koch, 1986, Redskins
31. RB Doug Martin, 2012, Buccaneers
31. FB David Hughes, 1981, Seahawks
44. WR Titus Young, 2011, Lions
47. OT Daryn Colledge, 2006, Packers
61. S Gerald Alexander, 2007, Lions

Boise State's top picks by position

Defensive line
19. DE Shea McClellin, 2012, Bears
30. DE Markus Koch, 1986, Redskins
81. DE Tyrone Crawford, 2012, Cowboys
155. DL Lance Sellers, 1987, Dolphins

Running back
31. RB Doug Martin, 2012, Buccaneers
31. FB David Hughes, 1981, Seahawks

Quarterback
350. QB Jim McMillan, 1975, Lions
356. QB Eric Guthrie, 1972, 49ers

Offensive line
12. OT Ryan Clady, 2008, Broncos
47. OT Daryn Colledge, 2006, Packers
171. OT Matt Hill, 2002, Seahawks

Safety
61. S Gerald Alexander, 2007, Lions

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Cowboys take Boise State's Tyrone Crawford in third round

The Dallas Cowboys used the 81st overall pick on Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford on Friday, midway through the third round.

Crawford is the third Boise State player, and second defensive lineman, drafted this year.

"Boy is that a good pick," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "Crawford is the prototypical five technique — that's the defensive end in the 3-4. Fell in love with him at the (East-West Shrine Game). ... He's stout vs. the run. He can push the pocket. And with what Dallas' situation is ... he provides tremendous depth day one."

Crawford tracked the draft at home in Windsor, Ontario. His mom is a Cowboys fan.

"We went pretty crazy," he said. "I have a lot of family here. It was a big moment."

The Cowboys posted audio of their call to Crawford on the team website. Owner Jerry Jones delivered the news.

"You made yourself proud and you got yourself a good way to get in the door with the NFL and the Cowboys," Jones said. "Congratulations. I really like the way you work. You've got a lot of pluses and I'm proud to be making this phone call. You're our second pick in this draft, so we want you, OK?"

Coach Jason Garrett then got on the line.

"We love the motor and the way you play," Garrett told him. "We think you have a hell of a chance with us and we're excited to have you."

Crawford's response: "I'm so proud to be a Cowboy."

The Cowboys now have two former Broncos, although they didn't play together. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick joined Dallas in 2008.

The Broncos hadn't had a defensive lineman drafted since 1994 until this year. Crawford and the other end, Shea McClellin, have gone this year. Defensive tackle Billy Winn is one of the top few defensive linemen left on the draft board.

No other Broncos went in the second or third rounds. Defensive tackle Billy Winn and safety George Iloka likely will be taken in the fourth round, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

— Chadd Cripe

Petersen on draft picks

Boise State coach Chris Petersen appeared on CBSSports.com on Friday evening. Here's part of what he said.

"Watching those two kids last night get drafted was great, but in some ways painful because those guys have played for us for so long. Doug is the hardest-working guy that I've probably ever been around. He practices and plays at one speed."

Doug Martin photo gallery

Take a look at Martin's Boise State career in photographs.

McClellin says he'll 'go out there every day and prove myself'

Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin was introduced to the Chicago media Friday, a day after he was selected with the 19th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft. Here are highlights from McClellin:

— "I was very excited. I still have a little adrenaline left in me from last night."

— On doubters: "I'm used to that, I come from Boise State, we have to prove ourselves every week. To all the doubters, I am going to have to go out there every day and prove myself."

— He said he can play at 250 pounds or as heavy as 270. He's in the 260s now.

— On his role: "I just want to go in there and compete every day. I just want to help the team win games and a win a championship, really. … I'm definitely going to be on every special teams there. They believe I can do that and I know I can do that. I just like getting out and competing and I expect to have a big impact on special teams."

— On his background: "I came from a small school, I wasn't rated very high. Boise State really liked me. They thought I could do big things. They played a big role in my life. Coach (Chris Petersen), my position coach (Pete Kwiatkowski), helped me out so much, not just for football, but for life. As a team that's why we're great. Props to Coach Pete and the rest of the coaches there. They definitely get us right, not only as players but as young men as well."

— On his stats not being as gaudy as a senior as some prospects: "At Boise State this year I was all over the place. I averaged 35 plays a game. And (other guys) are rushing the passer every down. I was in coverage. I was doing all kinds of things. I really think I can be effective with my hand in the dirt or standing up, whatever a team needs me to play."

— He received a congratulatory text from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and spoke to former teammate Winston Venable, who plays for the Bears.

— Chadd Cripe

Bears coach 'pumped up' about McClellin

The Bears posted video of coach Lovie Smith calling Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin to inform him of his selection Thursday night.

"You're a Chicago Bear, man," Smith told him. "We're pretty pumped up around here. ... Coach (Rod) Marinelli (the defensive coordinator) cannot wait to coach you. You're going to love your teammates, you really are. Monsters of the Midway — that's what you are now, a Monster of the Midway."

The Bears also posted an interview with area scout Marty Barrett, who works the West.

"The thing you see about Shea is just the combination of his athletic ability, his effort, his skill and also his production," Barrett said. "In addition, Boise would move him around a lot. Using his versatility allowed him to play several positions and produce.

"He's probably one of the maybe few outside linebacker/defensive ends that probably a lot of teams were considering, where a lot of times you're probably just a defensive end or just an outside linebacker. He was able to do both, so that speaks to his ability."

— Chadd Cripe

Winston Venable excited to team up with McClellin again

Shea McClellin joins former Boise State nickel Winston Venable on the Bears roster. Venable is a safety for the Bears, but he didn't play defense during his rookie season. He played in 12 games on special teams, serving on all four core units — punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return.

Venable and McClellin are Boise State's past two defensive MVPs.

"He's got that great motor and he's just a great football player," Venable said. "However they want to use him I'm sure he will be able to adjust. ... They take pride in rushing the passer up here. Now they have another great one to play alongside (Julius) Peppers and Israel Idonije."

Venable called McClellin about an hour after he was picked Thursday night, to tell him to call if he needed anything in Chicago. He was expecting voice mail.

"I thought he might have first-round big-timed me," Venable said. "He answered the phone call an hour after he was got drafted. It took me by surprise. ... That's exactly who Shea is. He is a very humble, very low-key dude, and he's not out here to big-time anybody. His unselfishness will also play a great role here."

— Chadd Cripe

Bucs buy time by trading up for Martin

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said one reason the Bucs liked the idea of trading up to No. 31 to take Boise State tailback Doug Martin is the contract rule that allows teams to retain first-round picks for five years instead of four. First- and second-round picks both get four-year contracts, but teams get an additional right for first-rounders — after the player's third season, they can unilaterally extend the contract for a fifth year. The pay for that year is based on the pay of other top players at the position but likely would be below the market rate.

"That's extra value that you get that sometimes isn't seen," Dominik said.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who left Rutgers to take the job, said he has experience with Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

"Just love this kid," Schiano said. "As the round kept going down and he was still there, that got exciting. ... He and LeGarrette (Blount) can really be a great team."

Schiano was asked about the love of the game shown by Martin and the Bucs' other first-rounder, safety Mark Barron of Alabama.

"When you're consistently working harder than anyone on your football team, those are the guys who love it," Schiano said.

Martin joins former Oregon star LeGarrette Blount in the backfield.

"That makes me real excited to hear that they have a great emphasis on running the ball," Martin said at his introductory press conference. "Great O-line. I'm just real excited to start this season."

Later, in an interview on the team's website, Martin talked about the moment when he was picked.

"It's been an awesome experience," he said. "There was a lot of energy in that room with my family and friends. It was a little nerve-racking getting down to the end of the first round. Luckily, the Bucs called and I'm ready to go."

There was a time when Martin would have been considered short for an NFL running back. That has changed in recent years. He has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice, who has a similar build and led the NFL in yards from scrimmage last season.

"He's definitely paved the way for me and set the bar," Martin said.

— Chadd Cripe

Senior Bowl places eight players in the first round

Boise State's Doug Martin and Shea McClellin were among eight Senior Bowl players drafted in the first round. Here is the release.

Is Colt McCoy a cautionary tale for Moore?

Colt McCoy won 45 games at Texas — the most in college football history until Boise State's Kellen Moore won 50. He also is 6-foot-1, an inch taller than Moore, but still undersized by NFL standards.

And after less than two full years as a starter, the Browns apparently have decided to dump McCoy in favor Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden — a guy with prototypical size and tools, but who has no experience running an NFL offense and already is much older than McCoy.

McCoy had the best rookie season of any quarterback in Browns history in 2010. Last year, he completed 57 percent of his passes in 13 starts. He threw 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a team that was lacking offensive playmakers.

I expect Moore will be drafted by a team that is set at quarterback and won't be placed in a situation like McCoy, but the Browns' decision shows how reluctant NFL teams are to settle for less than the prototype at quarterback.

— Chadd Cripe

Several Broncos among best available

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network lists Boise State's Kellen Moore as the No. 4 quarterback available, George Iloka as the No. 4 safety available and Tyrone Crawford as the No. 5 defensive end available. That said, defensive tackle Billy Winn could be the first Bronco drafted tonight. He is not in Mayock's top six at the position.

— Chadd Cripe

Pundits: Perplexed by McClellin, impressed by Martin

On TV and the Web, NFL Draft analysts have expressed at least mild surprise that the Bears took Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin at No. 19. Most saw him as an outside linebacker, but he will play end for the Bears in their 4-3 scheme. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. called the pick a "slight reach." On the other hand, analysts seem impressed by the Buccaneers' decision to trade up and take Boise State tailback Doug Martin at No. 31. Tailback was a major need for the Bucs and they took Martin at the point in the draft where he was expected to land. Tampa reportedly made a play to trade up for Alabama's Trent Richardson and, when that didn't work, the Bucs made a move to get the No. 2 tailback in many analysts' eyes.

Both Boise State players were coveted for their versatility and are considered "four-down players" — guys who can play in any situation on offense/defense and make an immediate impact on special teams.

— Chadd Cripe

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

Doug Martin goes to Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 31

The Buccaneers traded up to the No. 31 pick, the second-to-last pick of the first round, to grab Boise State tailback Doug Martin.

This is the first time that two Broncos have gone in the first round. Martin is the fourth all-time, joining Ryan Clady, Kyle Wilson and — earlier in the night — Shea McClellin.

He'll join former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount with the Bucs.

"LeGarrette Blount is a good runner but he really struggles in every other area," ESPN's Jon Gruden said. "Playing on third down has been a problem. The thing I like about Doug Martin, he can play in any situation. Hes a very good all-purpose back.

"... He can run between the tackles. He has perimeter speed and he's made surprisingly a lot of long runs. ... He's a deluxe special teams player. He even played on defense early in his career at Boise State. The Muscle Hamster, from Boise State."

Added Mel Kiper Jr.: "He's not flashy, he's not dynamic, but he moves the chains. He has strength in the upper body unlike any running back other than Trent Richardson."

On NFL Network, analyst Mike Mayock and legendary running back Marshall Faulk broke down the Martin pick:

Mayock: "Makes a ton of sense. He's a three-down back. One of the top pass-protecting running backs. Three-down capability. For 229, surprising burst. Marshall, you and I always talk about what makes running backs special and about how young backs don't have patience. This kid has surprising patience behind that offensive line."

Faulk: "Not just because he wore the No. 22, he just looks like Matt Forte (of the Bears). Look at the patience, look at the eyes, look at the vision, watch the cut, watch the footwork. I'm telling you, they look like the same type of back. What I like about Doug Martin is he helps you in special teams as well. He can help you everywhere on the football field. This is a great pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."

The Bucs open Sept. 9 at home against Carolina.

Martin will be in Tampa on Friday. He left his draft party in Oakland, Calif., to catch a late flight.

"I think he's still in shock," said Leslie Baranco Martin, Doug's mom. "It's still just kind of sinking in. ... He's excited. He's very happy."

Boise State coach Chris Petersen addressed the first-round selections in a statement. Boise State is the first non-BCS school with two first-round picks since Jackson State in 2000, according to ESPN.

“Shea and Doug’s selection in the first round is a testimony to the hard work and commitment they have shown throughout their career as Broncos,” Petersen said. “We are excited for both players and know they will do an outstanding job representing Boise State at Chicago and Tampa Bay.”

From the Bucs on Martin (courtesy of the Tampa Tribune):

Coach Greg Schiano: "I just feel really blessed tonight to have the two guys we have (safety Mark Barron of Alabama and Martin). You're talking about captains, leaders of two very good football programs having just come from college. The Alabamas and the Boise States, those are the programs that have just won consistently over time and to have the two guys that are the leaders of those programs on our football team, I can't wait to get them in here."

General manager Mark Dominik: "For us there were a couple of reasons the trade made sense. One of them was, we wanted to get a back in this draft and we felt like (Martin) is a very complete back. This league is a two- to three-back league now and we feel like Doug Martin can contribute in all the phases of the game and has been a productive player and can do that for us, so we're excited to have him."

To get Martin, the Bucs traded their high second-round pick and high fourth-round pick for the Broncos' first-round pick and a later fourth-round pick. The New York Giants at No. 32 were considered a possible landing spot for Martin and they drafted Virginia Tech's David Wilson, so the Bucs might have lost Martin if they had waited until their second-round pick (No. 36).

— Chadd Cripe

Shea McClellin goes to the Chicago Bears at No. 19

Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 19th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

McClellin, of Marsing High, becomes the second-highest draft pick in school history, behind offensive tackle Ryan Clady (No. 12, 2008). McClellin is the first homegrown Boise State player drafted in the first round. He is the Broncos' third first-rounder in five years and in school history, joining Clady and cornerback Kyle Wilson (No. 29, 2010).

McClellin was in New York for the draft and was greeted on stage with the now-traditional hug from commissioner Roger Goodell.

"It's been great," McClellin said of his trip. "I've just been trying to enjoy it day by day and just have fun. Finally it came to an end now. I know where I'm going and it's going to be awesome."

The Bears are a 4-3 team, so while there was much talk about McClellin being a linebacker, he will be playing defensive end opposite Julius Peppers.

"Across from Julius Peppers, he'll get a lot of opportunities," Mike Mayock of the NFL Network said.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. compared McClellin to Green Bay's fearsome pass rusher, Clay Matthews.

"I saw a little Clay Mathews in him at Boise State," Kiper said. "He's tough for tall offensive tackles to handle."

Bears general manager Phil Emery told the media in Chicago that the team considered seven players for its draft pick. The Bears plan to use McClellin as a left defensive end but also could play him on the right side. They also expect McClellin to make a big impact on special teams.

The Bears came to Boise for a private workout with McClellin. They were the only team to do so.

“We all came away from looking at him as a very natural player,” Emery said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He is a great character fit for us. We feel this is an excellent pick for us.

Said McClellin, according to the Tribune: "It's awesome. “It’s unbelievable to play alongside guys like Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher. It’s really gonna be great and I can’t wait to get out there. I knew if I went to Chicago I would be getting after the quarterback, rushing the passer a lot. I think it is going to be a great opportunity for me to play. That’s why they picked me up (to make an impact immediately). They believe in me.”

McClellin joins former teammate Winston Venable with the Bears. They are the last two Boise State defensive MVPs. The Bears open Sept. 9 against the Colts in Chicago.

Here's what the ESPN commentators said when McClellin was selected:

Kiper: "Very athletic kid. I thought he’d go late first round to the 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker, he moved around. He was a pass rusher, great motor as well, you think about what he did for the Broncos. 20.5 career sacks. You talk about burying his charge, stays low around the corner, he can play outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end. That’s where he’ll have to play with the Bears. ... They need somebody in that mix in that rotation. He is a pass rusher. I thought Green Bay and New England would target him late first round, but here he is a little earlier than expected at 19. Saw a little Clay Matthews in him during his career at Boise State. Tough for the tall offensive tackles to handle because he gets that bend, so low coming off the edge. He’ll be a guy with (Israel) Idonije and Peppers gives them another guy in a division with a lot of quarterbacks that can throw the football. This guy will help them get after that QB and harass that signal caller, more than they did last year."

Jon Gruden: "I think he can play SAM linebacker in their 4-3 scheme and be a part of their nickel pass rush because he did it at Boise State. Just find the football and you'll find Shea McClellin. He did an excellent job at the Senior Bowl and I like this Boise State football program. 50-3 in the last four years. This kid’s a winner, he’s a high effort guy, he fits the criteria of the Chicago Bears defense. He’s going to fit in nice up there."

Chris Berman: "Coach Pete, Chris Petersen, does a marvelous job with his kids in addition to going 50-3 in four years. Fine quarterback Kellen Moore. We might have another Bronco in the first round with running back Doug Martin."

— Chadd Cripe

Could Doug Martin be headed to St. Louis?

The St. Louis Rams have made two trades down in the first round and picked up early second-round picks in each of them. Now St. Louis has the No. 33, No. 39 and No. 45 picks. No. 33 is the first pick of the second round.

Could the Rams take Boise State running back Doug Martin with one of those picks?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Martin going to St. Louis at No. 33.

— Brian Murphy

Quarterbacks go 1-2

As expected, Indianapolis selected Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the first round and Washington picked Baylor QB Robert Griffin III with the second pick.

• Grantland's Michael Weinreb has an interesting story on Kellen Moore — Why is Kellen Moore coming up short? For what it's worth, I would make the same bet Weinreb says he would make in the piece.

— Brian Murphy

How good is Richardson?

Cleveland traded four picks to Minnesota for the No. 3 overall pick to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

"The first running back might be the best player in the draft, you could argue that. Even as nit-picky as we get, there’s very little to dislike about him or very few nits to pick," said ESPN draft analyst Bill Polian, a former general manager for the Indianapolis Colts.

With Richardson gone to the Browns, they won't be picking Boise State running back Doug Martin with the second of their two first-round picks.

— Brian Murphy

Here are the picks for Boise State fans to watch in the first round

Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin is considered a likely first-round pick in the NFL Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. tonight. Tailback Doug Martin is a possible first-rounder.

Here are some picks to watch as you try to anticipate where they'll go:

4. Cleveland Browns: If the Browns take Alabama tailback Trent Richardson, they won't be taking Martin. They spent a lot of time with Martin, including sending a crew to Boise for a private workout. If the Browns pass on Richardson, Martin likely will be a factor when they pick at No. 22.

UPDATE: Media reports indicate the Browns are moving up to No. 3 to take Richardson.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals also have expressed interest in Martin, sending most of their offensive braintrust to the Broncos' pro day. Their running backs coach also was very visible at the Senior Bowl.

18. San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are expected to begin a serious run on pass rushers like McClellin. This likely is the highest pick, barring a trade, where McClellin could land.

19. Chicago Bears: Also looking for a pass rusher.

21. Bengals: See pick 17.

23. Detroit Lions: Mel Kiper Jr. had Martin landing here Wednesday. Now he doesn't.

27. New England Patriots: Many people have compared McClellin to former Patriots standout Mike Vrabel and coach Bill Belichick is known to appreciate versatile players. The Patriots are the No. 2 choice in mock drafts for where McClellin will end up.

28. Green Bay Packers: The Packers are the favorites to land McClellin.

31. New England Patriots: This seems like the floor for McClellin. It's also a possible landing spot for Martin.

32. New York Giants: Kiper said last week that the Giants were the only team he thought might draft a running back in the first round, other than whoever gets Richardson.

— Chadd Cripe

•••

Idaho Statesman Draft Countdown series

9 days left: Boise State draft history

8 days left: Free agency an option for former Boise State standouts DE Jarrell Root, DT Chase Baker, LB Byron Hout, LB/FB Aaron Tevis, S Cedric Febis and TE Kyle Efaw.

7 days left: WR Tyler Shoemaker hopes to land in the late rounds

6 days left: No consensus on QB Kellen Moore

5 days left: S George Iloka could be second-day selection

4 days left: OT Nate Potter maintains tradition at Left Tackle U.

3 days left: DL Billy Winn hopes to be third-round pick

2 days left: DE Tyrone Crawford has big upside

1 day left: RB Doug Martin looks like the No. 2 back in the draft.

0 days left: DE/OLB Shea McClellin is one of the top stories in the draft.

•••

NFL DRAFT SCHEDULE

April 26 — first round (6 p.m.)
April 27 — second and third rounds (5 p.m.)
April 28 — fourth through seventh rounds (10 a.m.)

The draft airs on ESPN and the NFL Network.

•••

About this blog post:

Brian Murphy and I will be posting NFL Draft news, notes and links in this spot throughout the three days of the draft, with the most recent copy at the top. You can identify the author of each section by the tagline at the end. You can contact us at ccripe@idahostatesman.com and bmurphy@idahostatesman.com. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@IDS_BroncoBeat and @murphsturph).

Become a fan of the Statesman on Facebook.

1335673412 NFL Draft blog: Kellen Moore joins Lions as free agent; record six Broncos drafted; Shoemaker to Bucs Idaho Statesman Copyright 2014 Idaho Statesman . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

This has been

one of the more interesting drafts in years.......

§ It sure has

I'm a little surprised that Kirk Cousins hasn't yet been drafted. Of course, that could be said about many.

Plenty of "unusual" selections (see Seahawks) this year. Looks like there will be many nuggets as well as reaches/busts this year.

I'm really surprised that

Boykin (UGA) is still out there. I considered him one of the top 50 players this passed season.

What is with these crazy selections?

They made no sense!

I was excited when Boise State got TWO in the First Round.

When we didn't get any in the second round, I was surprised.

I was kinda relieved we got another in the Third.

But, again nobody selected in the Fourth Round.

Now, here we are a third of the way through the Fifth Round, and we still only have 3 guys selected?

We have some REALLY good players left (Moore, Winn, Iloka, Hout, Shoemaker, Baker, etc) and teams are selecting a bunch of nobodies? As great as our defense was, there was more to it than our DEs. I'm really surprised Hout, Baker and Iloka haven't been selected yet. I've even seen a couple players from FCS schools selected. Maine? Delaware? Albion? Where is that school?

Then again, schools like Texas and Oklahoma and Oregon aren't lighting up the boards, either.

[EDIT] AS I write this, TCU gets their first selection: Tank Carder

§ There are some surprises, to be sure.

Even Carder going as low as the 5th seems weird. All this means is that there are many really good players that rarely get publicity or notice. The scouts and GMs see them, though.

I think the oft-mentioned Broncos yet undrafted will be taken by the end of the 7th. Sure hope so anyway.

Seahawks just took Idaho's Korey Toomer at ILB.

Cal had a lot drafted

And they went 7-6.

§ Cal's always had good players.

That's why, when they continually finish in the middle of the Pac, there is lots of head-scratching. Somehow Tedford manages to hang on.

§ Finally

Congrats George Iloka ... to the Bengals in the 5th!

Iloka just got picked by the Bengals

Whew!

§ Billy Winn to Browns

in the 6th round. Congrats to Billy.

Billy Winn!

To the Browns.

§ All right Nate!!

Potter to Arizona in the 7th.

I think Kellen just lost his last chance at being drafted

The Saints seemed to be the only team interested, since they already know height is not an issue, and they selected a Tackle from Nebraska.

I'm hoping.....

that Moore doesn't get drafted at this point because then he can look for the right fit for him on the free agent trail.

§ Exactly right

It isn't as if Kellen has been shown little interest before ... or that he doesn't know how to climb mountains.

He'll take this as an opportunity and do it with the same humility that we've seen before. Go Kellen!

Last chance for Kellen in the draft I think

is the Rams coming up in second to last place. They could use his help since they sucked last season.

And they didn't take him

Good luck as a FA Kellen.

Really unfortunate Shoe & Moore didn't get drafted

But, that doesn't mean they won't play in the NFL. History has shown that there are a number of Hall of Famers that went undrafted. It also has proven that a lot of folks drafted ended up having short-lived terrible careers.

Let's hope they get their chance.

§ Very true, RMS

The NFL draft is many things, including inexact.

We're only a few months away from hearing about 3rd and 4th round picks not making final 53-man rosters. And then there will be the FAs who not only grab roster spots, but some who will wind up starters or key contributors.

No doubt Kellen, Shoe, Chase, Byron, and some others are on the phone right now.

Go Broncos!

Several Broncos got looks

last year after not getting drafted and and are still playing for teams. Moore and Shoemaker will have to hope they get a chance and then make the most of it.

The draft is much more interesting when you have one eye on the pro teams and one eye on your college team.

How many more days until fall ball starts?

I don't understand

How Kellen and Tyler cold go undrafted. I'm happy for our guys who were but very disappointed they didn't get called. Maybe free agency?

Only 11 Qb's taken in the draft

A quick look at the rest of the teams shows there are lots of teams that could take a chance on Kellen.

I think Shoemaker gets a chance with New England. After all, Brady's wife isn't happy with Wes Welker for dropping that pass in the Super Bowl. :)

Nothing New for our Man Kellen Moore

Kellen is used to being overlooked. It's part of what fuels his drive for excellence.
There have been plenty of undrafted free agent QB's in the NFL that have had successful careers.

Kurt Warner (while not small at 6'-2" / 215 lbs) was not the prototype NFL QB. Tony Romo, and Jake Delhomme (holds most Carolina Panthers passing records)were both undrafted free agents.

After the fifth round, it was probably better that Kellen not get drafted. Is there really any chance Chandler Harnish starts for the Colts any time soon - or ever?
This way, Kellen and his agent can choose the situation that puts him in the best position to get a legitimate chance to succeed.

In the end - the recipe for his success will be 10% good fortune and 90% perseverance and hard work. We all know Kellen is a once-in-a-generation QB. Now it's up to him to prove it to the rest of the country. Let's buckle in and enjoy the process.

Kellen to Throw to Titus in Detroit

Nice!

Could be a fun pre-season to watch.

Wife and I were talking.

Put an O line in front of him, Titus on the outside and the Lions will have a ring in 2 or 3 years. All he needs is a foot in the door and he got it.

Not drafted QB

Kellen Moore did not get drafted is intresting.
That the Vandals QB last year was drafted and made the team is really intresting.
The 50 wins really did Moore well?

Try this Exercise Routine, Bob of Iggle

1. Sit upright on the floor facing a partner.
2. With your legs out straight, and keeping your back straight, have your partner sit on your feet. Best to find a portly partner.
3. Now with both arms outreached, and hands firmly braced against your partner's shoulders, push as hard as you can.
4.Keep pushing until you hear a loud "POP" sound. Don't be alarmed. This is the sound of your head rapidly coming free from where it has been tightly lodged in your nether orifice.

Being drafted can be overrated

Just ask Joey Harrington and Akili Smith. Also, you can ask Ricky Williams how being drafted worked out for him, or dare I say, Ryan Leaf. Besides, if I were you I'd be more worried about whether Univ. of Idaho will even have a football team anymore in the near future.

Size

It's all about size, the NFL could care less how good players really are.

K M

to the Lions! They couldn't have gotten a better QB!

Is there a website...

That will show the breakdown on all the drafted players by their school? NFL.com will show it, kinda, as it only shows individual schools. I'm looking for a list that will the 6 Boise State guys, the number of drafted folks from Alabama, the guy from Maine, the two guys from TCU, etc, etc.

I want to know just so I can throw it in an argument. "Well, if Boise State sucks compared to Oregon, then why did Boise State have 6 guys drafted in 2012, and Oregon only had 4?"

That kind of thing.

:)

§ Sending a spreadsheet to your email

in a few minutes with all 253 picks and relevant info. You will be able to sort by: Round, Pick in that round, Draft Position, Player Name, Team, Pos, College.

Data comes from this site, which isn't organized to suit what you requested: http://www.drafthistory.com/

File will be in xls format so it can be opened with Excel 2000 or later. If you are still using VisiCalc, forget it. Two sheets: first is by draft position (basically unsorted), second is by college (you'll see the 1 from Abilene Christian first, followed by the 8 from Alabama).

Re: Kellen Moore

Trent Dilfer and Bill Polian's remarks about Kellen reflect the current (and past) stigma on how NFL pundits rate quarterbacks. They can't (or won't) accept that Kellen has proved these views invalid in view of what Kellen has accomplished on the field. Kellen has shown that physical stature, athleticism, and the strongest arm are less important to be a successful quarterback than football intelligence and an innate ability for the quarterback to simply step into the pocket and see the field in front of him.

The punditry surrounding Kellen

has been incredibly obtuse. I am convinced most of them have never even seen him play much if at all. A lot of their comments have been completely over the top. And not one of them can tell me that Russell Wilson, who was picked up in the draft by Seattle, and who measures 5'11", is a superior QB than Moore. Wilsons stats pale by comparison.

OOps

OOps, posted twice, deleted 2nd.

It's pretty stupid trying to read a doine deal BACKWARDS

I hope they drafted the rest of the team for Kellen.

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

It's so weird. For months

It's so weird. For months the expert analysts have been saying Kellen wouldn't be drafted... it's almost bizarre that he didn't. I just can't put my finger on why he wasn't. I mean, they were so clear that he wouldn't... and he didn't.

He should probably just stay in Boise where he's worshiped... instead of fall into obscurity like he's destined to.

As you all know Im not a BSU

As you all know Im not a BSU fan but have to admit that Kellen wasnt drafted. Watching the combine we were a little embarrassed at his performance but he gave it all. He won't be in the NFL as a player but as a coach, He's gong to be off the chart smart. Good luck to him. Now Doug Martin is going to tear it up for 3-4 years and cause he come at you 100%, his career will be short lived taking the beating he will be recieving. Kellen need to start applying for coaching jobs everywhere!!

A new level of

football stupidity has been reached with back-to-back posts from nanna and lame.

How I would love to be these two's bookie........

I went undefeated in my

I went undefeated in my Fantasy League last year.

Just saying.

Oh ya?

I took the University of Idaho to and WON the BCS National Championship in NCAA 2012 for my XBox 360. That doesn't make me the best candidate to replace Coach Pete.

(It would've been too easy to use Boise State)

Good for Kellen

in the last analysis it worked out pretty well. he wont get millions but at least he gets a paycheck and a chance to try and make the team. he might do quite well as a 3 step drop short - medium range passer. he certainly is deadly accurate and leads the receivers well. having titus to pass to is perfect for moore. stafford is a franchise QB and moore will make a good backup. it was quite surprising that he wasn't drafted. kaepernick went 6th in round 2 last year to the 49ers for $5M and is poised to take over as the starter. maybe we will see them go head to head again someday!

Can guarantee it NFL career

Can guarantee it NFL career is over but Im thinking he's got a great coaching career ahead of him. Good luck Kelln

Well. I can finally see them on real TV.

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Since 2008

Boise State has had more first rounders than

Oregon
Oregon State
Washington
Washington State
UCLA
Utah
Stanford
and Arizona State

COMBINED......

§ Are you having fun, tfunk,

arguing with all the "experts" over at ESPN? Facts mean very little "over there", where 9 out of 10 "experts" have superior knowledge, insight, and prognostication prowess than all 32 NFL GMs

COMBINED.....

To be fair, there are some on the ESPN blogs who are objective ... about 20% of the posts.

Hey ya Razor....

It's all good. Most take off when confronted with facts. Some stick around and actually learn something.

BTW it was good getting together with you guys. I'm panning to fly up for the fall game, we'll have to plan something.

§ Will be in touch

I owe you one or two.

Hopefully we can get more out in the fall.

Lamesched or not...

the NFL league minimum for rookies in 2013 is $405,000. It's a little above the average salary for college grads right now. Simply making it on to a roster in the NFL is an accomplishment.

Instead of ending up in Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Washington or Indianapolis, Kellen Moore now gets a chance to fit in with a team on the rise. Stafford is a solid QB, but even the best often get hurt and need to recover. Shaun Hill is a perfect example of a back up QB (undrafted free agent 2002) that pings around the NFL for 7+ years doing whatever is needed for the teams he plays for. Kellen will get a chance to work with an NFL offense and I imagine he will be able to contribute his thoughts as to what might work in certain situations. Should he make it to his 7th year and still be making the league minimum he would receive $825,000.

Being a back up QB in the NFL is not a bad gig. In the event that Kellen gets an opportunity to play and preforms well, the sky is the limit. There is a lot of up side for Kellen in the years to come.

If Hill has been a backup for most of his career...

then I don't think he'll last much longer. If he hasn't proven himself by now, he never will. That is good for Kellen.