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QB. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Warren Moon. 21. player. 60. 1984-2000

Let’s go from a player who had immense success in winning to a player who had immense success in stats wherever he went. Warren Moon didn’t have the traditional all-time great career. Since he was worried his college career at the University of Washington wasn’t enough to lock in a decent NFL opportunity, he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was ridiculous North of the Border, throwing for 21,000 yards and 144 touchdowns in just six seasons.

He joined the NFL’s Houston Oilers, following his former CFL head coach in 1984. Moon was already in his prime, and he jumped right out of the gate. He was asked to carry his team in season one, throwing for 3,338 yards on 450 attempts. Moon stuck around the NFL for the next 17 years, playing until he was 44 years old.

Moon finished his career 13th in yards and 16th in touchdowns. He was one of the greats of this era, showing what a true high-volume passer looks like. On paper, Moon did have too many interceptions, but that was the nature of his offense not the nature of his talent or ability.

Imagine if Moon never played in the CFL. Imagine in NFL scouts didn’t put a late-round grade on him coming out of Washington. There are so many what-ifs with Moon, and it likely leads to him rocketing up this list. For now, he stands just outside the top 20.