- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski is rating his top 30 quarterbacks in the NFL. Earlier this week, we examined his controversial selection of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert over Tim Tebow of the New York Jets. I argued that it's questionable to rate a quarterback who didn't look NFL-ready (Gabbert) last year over a player who led his team to the playoffs and even won a postseason game (Tebow).
Next up on Jaws' list is Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore at No. 26. The interesting part is not so much Moore's ranking, but the fact that Jaworski has yet to rate Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Jaworski obviously didn't keep track of last season's "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch," in which Moore came out as the second-best quarterback in the AFC East. Moore (87.1) had a higher passer rating last season than Fitzpatrick (79.1) and Sanchez (78.2). Still, Jaworski spoke very highly of Moore. Here are some select quotes from Jaworski:
"One element I evaluate is how well quarterbacks execute versus the blitz. Moore had the fifth-highest rating in the league in 2011. And look at the names ahead of Moore: [Aaron] Rodgers, [Tom] Brady, [Cam] Newton, [Drew] Brees. You kidding me?"
"A couple of other things stood out as I studied Moore on tape. He threw an excellent deep ball with trajectory, hang time and accuracy. While Moore was generally very good, there were a number of deep balls that got away from him, that came out fluttering, that led to some missed opportunities, some touchdowns left on the field. Moore was most effective out of base-personnel packages. He was highly efficient out of two tight end sets, both attacking down the field and at the intermediate levels of the defense."
"Hey, I know the Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill with the eighth pick in the draft, but right now, Matt Moore is a better NFL quarterback. There’s no question in my mind that Moore could be a rock-solid NFL starter."
Jaworski had his say. Now it's your turn. How good is Moore, and where does Moore rank among the four projected starting quarterbacks in the division?