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Collin Klein not expected to get a Senior Bowl invitation

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According to Heisman Trophy voters, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was the third-best player in all of college football this season. But according to the Senior Bowl, Klein isn’t even one of the six best senior quarterbacks.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Senior Bowl isn’t expected to offer Klein a spot in the game, simply because the Senior Bowl is an opportunity for NFL scouts to evaluate pro prospects, and Klein isn’t viewed as a pro prospect.

That might disappoint Klein, but it’s not a big surprise: Klein has done everything asked of him in Kansas State’s spread offense, but his skills don’t really translate to the NFL. Klein doesn’t have an NFL throwing motion, and he’s more likely to beat teams with his feet than with his arm: He has 55 rushing touchdowns in his college career, but just 29 passing touchdowns.

Klein began his career at Kansas State playing wide receiver and getting some work on the kick coverage teams, and if he’s going to make it in the NFL, that’s probably where he’ll do it. Players like Julian Edelman, Josh Cribbs and Brad Smith have successfully made the transition from college quarterback to NFL receiver, and Klein could be the next to do it.

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  1. chiefwildcat says: Dec 9, 2012 11:29 AM

    Such a shame for a young man who’s done nothing but work his tail off and be the epitome of a teammate. Invite Collin as an athlete, I’m sure he’d do whatever was asked of him to have an opportunity. Personally, I hope he’s playing TE for the Chiefs next season. You won’t find a better team leader.

  2. pats1995 says: Dec 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    is he fast enough to be a receiver? Seems more like a tight end to me. Something about Klein makes it hard to believe he can’t play something in the NFL considering he’s a bulldozer who can throw at least a little bit

  3. packerhq says: Dec 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    ” Klein has done everything asked of him in Kansas State’s spread offense, but his skills don’t really translate to the NFL. ”

    If we had a dollar for every time I hear this and the scouts end up wrong I’d have millions.

    Reminds of all the “issues” Rodgers had… how he wasn’t athletic enough…his throwing motion was wrong.

    Go watch some of the awful backup QB today..heck go watch a Jets or Cards game and tell me Klein not an upgrade.

  4. Just a Fan says: Dec 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    “Players like Julian Edelman, Josh Cribbs and Brad Smith have successfully made the transition from college quarterback to NFL receiver, and Klein could be the next to do it.”
    —————————————————-

    Pretty sure Hines Ward (starting QB for Georgia) set the Bar there………..lol to the other 3!

    Michael David Smith: Hines Ward was primarily a receiver at Georgia. I’m referring to players who were primarily quarterbacks in college.

  5. 13fitzj says: Dec 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    Didn’t they say the same about another big QB from K-State that came out 4 years ago? He’s been pretty good.

  6. Jay Cutler is an elite QB says: Dec 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    So he’s Tim Tebow without all the God and THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE attitude.

  7. rysol says: Dec 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    This is a guy so religious that he did not even KISS his wife until his wedding day.

    Sorry, but with judgement like that, this guy has no chance.

  8. eatitfanboy says: Dec 9, 2012 11:54 AM

    I’m telling you man, don’t mess with MDS. He will CUT YOU!

    I love it.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Dec 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    “Didn’t they say the same about another big QB from K-State that came out 4 years ago? He’s been pretty good.”

    I actually don’t remember anyone saying that about Josh Freeman. He was a 1st round draft pick, for god’s sake.

  10. pftstory says: Dec 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    Heisman is not a vote for the best college player.
    It is certainly not meant for the college guy with the best expected NFL career.

    If this guy as as good as some claim and the scouts are so wrong, he won’t need the senior bowl to prove it.

    Basing a senior bowl invite on if the guy is in a NFL camp next summer?

  11. zurnvs says: Dec 9, 2012 12:04 PM

    antwaan randle el, anybody ever heard of this guy. i think he played qb in college, just saying.

  12. mungman69 says: Dec 9, 2012 12:07 PM

    I just wanna see Klein play

  13. despenc925 says: Dec 9, 2012 12:10 PM

    yes keep adding that fuel to the fire so he can come to the nfl and torch teams! he’s gonna feed off this and beast

  14. granadafan says: Dec 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    @packerhq, the knock on Rodgers came from Alex Smith’s agent who bashed Rodgers for holding the ball high on the shelf when passing and because he was a Jeff Tedford protégée. No one could explain how holding the ball high interfered with his accuracy or arm strength. At CAL Aaron tied the NCAA record for most consecutive pass completions. Yeah, that was a really weird throwing motion all right. Even you Packers fans were all up in arms over Rodgers.

    Let’s compare Rodgers’ quick throwing (and accurate) to Tebow’s almost baseball pitcher windup throw.

  15. dalucks says: Dec 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    I think the scouts are way off on the evaluation of Colin Klein. Granted his throwing motion is not as pretty or idea as some people would like but he does complete alot of passes and he knows how to win. With teams using the wildcat, spread and read option plays more each year plus Colin Klein is 6`5 and 235 lbs makes him a solid quarterback prospect, in my opinion.
    If I were a general manager, I would sign him as an undrafted rookie free agent or use a 7th round draft pick on him and develop him. I think his throwing motion can improve. I guess it would depend on the willingness of the head coach to work with him and a general manager smart enough to surround him with proper talent.
    He would only be a failure if Rex Ryan is his coach and Mike Tannebuam is his general manager.
    Scouts should focus more on what a guy can do instead of overthinking about a guy cannot do.

  16. baloneyjohn says: Dec 9, 2012 12:42 PM

    Its either too slow, not enough are or herd mentality he can’t miss.
    Nuts to these overpaid, has been scouts

  17. unclemoobaa1911 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:02 PM

    Michael Robinson QB from penn state has had a nice career as a fullback, even making the pro bowl last year. Kordell Stewart (though he did end up playing QB)

  18. rolltide510 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    NFL scouts will have plenty of film to watch on Klein if they’re so inclined. I’d rather a Senior Bowl slot be given to a player who didn’t have as much of a chance to shine, like a great athlete from a D II school, etc.

  19. Max says: Dec 9, 2012 1:04 PM

    Senior Bowl=NFL coaches=Pro Style Offense

    Coaches have limited time to prepare their Senior Bowl players as it is, you don’t want to have to go off-script for one guy.

    Collin is good at what he does, I enjoyed watching him this year, but what he does, doesn’t translate to the Pro’s. i.e. Eric Crouch

  20. slew55 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    If there’s room in the NFL for Tim Tebow with his “throwing motion”, why wouldn’t there be room somewhere for Collin Klein?

  21. nepo784 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Ok and Tebow’s skill set translates to the NFL how?

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