Warren Moon is an underrated NFL legend. He went undrafted in 1978 after an unspectacular college career with the Washington Huskies. So Moon went to Canada, where he became a five-time champion and two-time MVP. That led to a move back to the US in 1984, joining the Houston Oilers. After nine seasons in Texas, Moon bounced between the Vikings, Seahawks, and Chiefs before retiring in 2000. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. However, he also holds the honor of being the only player to be elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
So if there's anyone who can evaluate quarterbacks, and especially look past the flashier stuff to see the true player, it's Moon. He recently sat down with TMZ to discuss his pick for the top quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft, which begins tonight.
Moon Backs Alabama's Bryce Young
The battle for the number one pick has come to a pool of four players. Unless the Carolina Panthers are about the shock the NFL, they are going to take a quarterback. The frontrunners in that race are C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) and Bryce Young (Alabama). However, there is also the possibility that Carolina take Anthony Richardson (Florida). Richardson wowed at the NFL combine and has an incredibly high ceiling, but minimal (and fairly underwhelming) college experience. There is also Will Levis (Kentucky), who has lept into first-pick consideration thanks to an anonymous Reddit post earlier this week.
In Moon's mind, there is a quarterback who stands out, although it's not clear-cut. "For me, it's Bryce Young," Moon said, "C.J. Stroud is right there but I love Young and the way he plays. The only big negative on him is his size, that's what everyone's concerned about. But his instincts, his leadership ability, his playmaking ability, he's the guy I've really enjoyed watching the last couple of years." Moon continued. Young is also the consensus top pick among draft experts. Only a handful of expert mock drafts have the Panthers taking anyone else. The 2023 NFL Draft gets underway at 8pm EDT on April 27. Be sure to check HotNewHipHop for reactions and the biggest stories out of the draft.