MOBILE, Ala. — Kellen Moore and Russell Wilson have heard it before: They’re too short to be NFL quarterbacks. Brandon Weeden’s plenty tall, but too darn old for a rookie.
They have spent the past week addressing those concerns for NFL coaches and scouts on the field and in meetings. Their final Senior Bowl test comes with today’s game in the showcase for senior NFL prospects.
“This is the top tier of the senior class coming into this draft and what better way to test what you’re all about and challenge yourself,” said Moore, who won 50 games at Boise State but measured at a shade under 6 feet.
The game’s six quarterbacks carry impressive credentials, and some interesting story lines. Five of them leave college holding their school’s career passing mark. Two were transfers.
The 5-foot-11 Wilson, a former North Carolina State starter who played his final season with Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State’s 28-year-old Weeden both played pro baseball.
Arizona’s Nick Foles switched from Michigan State in search of playing time after coming in with Kirk Cousins and now they’ll be on opposite sidelines for the game.
Foles, San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley and Weeden will take turns directing the South team. Cousins, Moore and Wilson are on the North.
“Especially as a quarterback, you don’t get to this point without being a unique person, a special person, and someone who has some character to them,” Cousins said. “If you look at the quarterbacks who are here, that’s certainly the case with every one of them.”
Quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Jake Locker were both first-round picks after playing in last year’s Senior Bowl.
Coveted underclassmen Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and injured Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill are absent, leaving the other guys with a week to improve their stock and tackle any presumed deficiencies.
“I’ve been this height (6-foot) since about ninth grade,” Moore said, “and I’ve managed to play with it. And I think I can continue with it.”