Indianapolis Colts Should Keep Peyton Manning, Draft Kellen Moore

By now we have heard every angle possible about either drafting Andrew Luck and getting rid of Peyton Manning, or keeping Peyton and trading the pick, or drafting Luck AND keeping Manning so Luck can sit a couple of years.

I have a different idea. It may sound crazy, you may not like it, but here it goes…

WIN NOW. Keep Peyton and trade the picks.

I guarantee about 50 percent of you are shaking your head at me or muttering out loud that I am insane. I am ok with that.

Here is my proposal: trade the first overall pick to…the Cleveland Browns. They don’t have the guy in Colt McCoy, he just isn’t ready. Keep him as a backup or trade him for another pick. They need a big, strong pocket passer in Cleveland, and they have two first-round picks this year.

If I were the Colts, I would demand BOTH first-rounders for this year and next year’s first round pick and maybe one more pick. You use those picks to bolster the putrid defense and you let Peyton have two or three more good years to try and win it all one more time.

As far as drafting a QB in this draft, why not take a chance in the second or third round on Kellen Moore from Boise St.?

kellen-more-coltsImage source: The Bullgator

He doesn’t have to play now, but you definitely upgrade your backups going from Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter to the NCAA’s all-time wins leader. Who knows? Maybe Moore is the future. Even if he’s not, you won’t have to spend a high pick and money on him and he can develop.

I know now all of you are compiling a list of why Kellen Moore won’t make it as a pro. He’s too short. Well, Drew Brees is about the same height. He doesn’t have a huge arm. Perhaps, but Moore is extremely accurate, which, along with number of college starts, is more predictive of NFL success than arm strength.

I am not saying this WILL work. But it is something that could work.

I think a fellow named Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round. How has he fared? Pretty well I would say.

Yes, the likelihood is slim that Moore is the Brady level of talent, but if Peyton is healthy and the Colts want to make a mad dash at the Super Bowl over the next three years, this move is the one to make.

About Trevor Stewart

Trevor Stewart is 25 years old and works as a corporate journalist, gathering stories and photos for magazines. He is a graduate of BIOLA University in La Mirada, Calif., with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Originally from Spokane, Wash., he and his wife Abigail currently make their home in Lincoln, Neb.


  1. As a Colts fan, I'm opened to hearing any option because there's multiple ways this thing can turn out. However with your plan, I doubt they could get 4 picks for the 1st pick. If that were the case then that'd be exceptional. Maybe even pass over Moore to get solid defensive players and get a qb with one of those first rounders the next year or something. Although, I have a feeling Irsay's going to want to have his cake and eat it too. Meaning he'll keep Manning, pay him $28 mil, and draft Luck and pay him who knows what.

  2. What a great idea. Trade the rights to the best QB prospect in a generation to get an undersized QB of average quality, while laying all the hopes on a 36 year old with 3 neck surgeries whose health is still unknown. Trading maybe 3 years of great quarterbacking for a potential 15 years of great quarterbacking. Has this season not taught you anything? Great quarterbacks are hard to find, especially one with Luck's abilities and pedigree. There is a Kellen Moore in every draft.

    • "There is a Kellen Moore in every draft."………….Uhhh not quite!

    • Also, I am only saying this if Peyton is 100% healthy and good to go. And this is just an out of the box idea for a two to three year window at playoffs and maybe another Super Bowl run. If they get Luck, they still have an awful defense. If they trade the picks and take defense in the high rounds, they could improve drastically. I am not saying this will happen or that it is a good long term plan. But if I was Polian, (and didn't already get fired) I would try this. It may save my job for a couple of years longer if nothing else

  3. dont talk shit

  4. all depends on health of peyton

  5. I must say u were drunk writing this article cause u sound like either drunk or u should quit ur job!!! Neither ur successful at !!!! I knew dum people say dum things but u way past this category!! Very sad

    • Don't call people dumb when you can't even use the English language properly. I am not a Colts fan but I think if you could get 3 first round picks and another pick like the post stated, that would be a very good move only if Peyton comes back 100%. Although I hope the Colts don't draft Moore, I want him to be a Seahawk!

  6. is this really what you would do, or are you just trying to get reactions??

  7. Is there a Drew Brees in every NFL Draft? No. Kellen Moore has had his doubters at every level. He holds many state of Washington HS Passing Records and yet all the big schools said he was too small so he received few offers. Boise State runs a very complex offense which Kellen had mastered as a freshman. 50-3 and never missed a start or had a bad game as a 4yr starter. He defeated, Oregon 2x, Oregon St, Virginia Tech, & Georgia and excelled in the biggest games. His football IQ is off the charts. Son of one of the winningest HS football coaches, he would receive game film for Christmas. While he lacks in size and arm strength, his pocket awareness, accuracy and ability to throw the ball before the receiver makes his breaks is unparalleled. He would make the perfect pupil while mastering the Colts offense behind the scenes. Plus Peyton is very fond of him as Kellen has been invited to several Manning Passing Academy’s that the family holds for some of the best HS players. Drafting him in the 3rd or late 2nd round would be a steal.

  8. Having watced Kellen play for the past 9 years, I see him being a positive player behind Manning, who would be able to come in nearly anytime they would need him to. I too would like to see Seattle draft him. Whom ever does draft him will be getting a great deal, you get a winner, throws TD's, and doesn't throw INT's, doesn't get sacked a lot. But I think the best fit for Kellen is anywhere it's cold weather. He has played in cold weather climates his entire life…so a Seattle, Chicago, NY, NE, etc. You don't draft a Luck for CLE because he's from Texas (warm), Stanford (mild climate) and go up north to play outdoors, Luck won't last.

  9. Kellen will be an exellent fit " In Seattle " And then Seattle will have an exellent quarterback for years to come.
    I believe coach Pete who said Kellen is the greatest quarterback he has ever seen in the college level.
    My money is on Kellen!

  10. Luck's numbers aren't even close to Kellen Moore, in big games or small games or career. Moore is 2-0 vs Oregon, Luck got drubbed both times, making bad decisions both games. They are both great QB's, but Moore is smarter, more accurate and has a quicker release…and he is a winner. Luck is bigger and a better runner. Both can make any throw in the NFL. Unlike Luck however, Moore has never, ever made a mistake that cost his team a game, but even in his only 3 losses put the team right there to win at the end. Had he been able to kick three short field goals, he would have been 53-0, instead of 50-3 in his career. Drew Brees was pretty good coming out of college, but not close to where Moore is now.

  11. David Parks says:

    The Colt,s would be very wise to pick Kellen Moore. Yes Kellen may be a fourth round pick and if the Colt,s were to keep Payton Manning and draft Kellen Moore, I guarentee that Payton would shine for several more year,s. The reason behind my belief, Is that Kellen love,s to study football. He is the man behind a great football legend . Dont let the little man fool You. Kellen Moore will deliver in way,s that the opponenant will be left in a daze. Payton would love Kellen Moore. The Colt,s would love Kellen Moore…I promise You that he will be the Drew Breeze in the American Leauge…………………..

  12. Will their is a Kellen Moore in every draft? I dont think so,he is probably better than Luck and dont think he is superman,50-3 That is not in any draft. C.E.Y. AL.

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