KSU’s Collin Klein might have an NFL future, it just might not be at QB

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Collin Klein may or may not be an NFL quarterback. The Kansas State product believes in his heart of hearts that he is. Scouts aren’t so confident.

But until he knows for sure, one way or the other, Klein isn’t willing to try another position.

Klein has made it clear to NFL teams: He is a quarterback.

“That’s my heart,” Klein said. “I know I have the tools to do that. I know I’ll bring a lot to the team at that position.

“I want to pursue every door that I possibly can at quarterback and until every one of those are closed, I’m not considering anything else.”

Klein was 22-6 in his career as a starter and was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy in 2012. Yet, he could be just another great college quarterback whose game doesn’t translate to the NFL like Colt Brennan, Gino Torretta, Ty Detmer, Chris Weinke and Danny Wuerffel, among others.

“I think the problem for him is going to be he’s going to be dinged heavily on his lack of throwing ability,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “Funky motion, questionable accuracy and arm strength.

“He was a better runner than thrower, and I think they showcased his talent beautifully at K-State. He ran the football, play-action, did everything they asked him, and he’s the kind of kid I really do root for.

“However, at the East-West game, he struggled throwing the football, and that hurt him. It gave the whole league an opportunity to watch him, stand there with five other quarterbacks during the week and say, ‘OK, what is he?’ … I don’t think Collin Klein throws the football well enough to be a starting quarterback in the league.”

Klein still was healing from a shoulder injury he had during the season when he showed up for the East-West Game. He did not throw the ball well during the week and went only 5-for-13 with an interception in the game.

NFL Draft Scout rates Klein as the 18th-best quarterback available and projects him to go undrafted.

Dane Brugler’s scouting report of Klein from NFL Draft Scout reads: “If you combined Tim Tebow and Ryan Tannehill, the result might be something similar to Klein, a former wide receiver who is basically a tailback in the Wildcats’ zone-read offense. Serious questions remain about his delivery, accuracy and ability to anticipate receivers uncovering.”

Still, Klein might find a place in the NFL, having run for 2,485 yards and 56 touchdowns while throwing for 4,724 yards and 30 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. It just might not be at quarterback, even after all the time he has spent working with former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer.

“I’m just going to try to be the best Collin Klein I can possibly be,” Klein said.

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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