Collin Klein: Why Kansas State Quarterback Can Play Position in the NFL

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterFebruary 22, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats drops back to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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He’s “unorthodox.” He’s “weak.” 

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has heard it all before, and in light of his recent struggles on the playing field, the former Heisman trophy candidate will be asked to attend the NFL combine as a tight end prospect.

Writing off Klein’s potential as a quarterback is hasty, however, and while scouts have honed in on his shortcomings, there are reasons aplenty to suggest this young man can become a franchise quarterback in the NFL.


His Size

Let's start with the most obvious—Collin Klein is a tall, tall man.

At 6’5”, 225 pounds, Collin Klein has more than enough height for an NFL quarterback. He can survey the field, and he has enough meat on his bones to take a hit. 

Scouts think this frame will make him a perfect candidate for tight end, but...


Quarterback Potential > Tight End Potential

Collin Klein started his career at Kansas State in 2009 as a wide receiver—he caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. 

As a quarterback, however, Klein threw for 29 touchdowns and ran for 50 in the past two years.

Number-wise, he’s not Peyton Manning (though he did complete 65 percent of his passes in 2012), but Klein is a dual-threat quarterback who can hurt you in a number of ways. 

Taking a kid who scored 79 touchdowns in two years of Division I football to turn him into a tight end who catches a few touchdowns a year is like taking a huge pile of scoring potential and burying it under your house.


He’s a Winner 

Excuse me a moment, I have to put on my Skip Bayless wig.

But seriously, Klein broke records as a quarterback in high school and was asked to come to Kansas State as a wide receiver, which he did.

Klein worked his way up into the starting quarterback position in two years and led the Wildcats to two double-digit victory seasons.

Scouts obviously have faith that he can be something in the NFL. Why waste time and make him prove all over again that that something is a quarterback?