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QBs Colter, McKinnon to try new positions at the Combine

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Two college quarterbacks will audition for NFL teams at new positions at the Scouting Combine.

Northwestern’s Kain Colter will work out at wide receiver and Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon will work out at running back, according to NFL.com.

Colter played some receiver at Northwestern, catching 63 passes in his four-year career for the Wildcats. His passing numbers weren’t bad (222-of-320 for 2,160 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions), but at only six feet tall and without a great arm, his pro future, if he has one, is at wide receiver. The biggest question facing Colter may be about his health: He has a history of concussions, and he missed the Senior Bowl with an ankle injury.

McKinnon ran an old-school triple-option offense at Georgia Southern, so there was never any chance he’d play quarterback in the NFL. McKinnon carried nine times for 125 yards and a touchdown in an upset over Florida, a game Georgia Southern won without completing a single pass.

It’s not unusual for a few college quarterbacks to switch positions when it’s time to enter the draft. In fact, if there was a surprise when the list of Combine participants came out, it was that Northern Illinois Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is listed as a quarterback. Lynch is widely regarded as a good enough athlete to make it in the NFL, but not a good enough passer to make it as a quarterback. If Lynch is following in the footsteps of Kansas State’s Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist a year earlier who insisted that he wanted to play quarterback in the NFL, he might want to consider what Klein learned last year: If you’re a run-first, pass-second quarterback, there may not be a place for you in the NFL.

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6 Responses to “QBs Colter, McKinnon to try new positions at the Combine”
  1. musicman495 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Kain Colter’s legacy will not be his attempt to play in the NFL, but his decision to put his name behind an effort to unionize college football players for better and safer working conditions. He may fail at both efforts, but I could not be prouder of someone from my alma mater.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 7, 2014 7:47 PM

    Lynch may not be a conventional QB, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a guy that plays the QB position slightly differently than what is considered standard. The man is a gifted baller and a playbook designed according to his skill-set could be interesting if you only have to spend a 7th Rounder to get him, and perhaps a UDFA if enough teams don’t have a vision for something like that. Some teams activate 3 QBs for a game, and he could even be a change of pace player to run something new for a team that isn’t committed to another QB for 100% of the snaps.

    This is a guy you take if you are willing to go outside of the box with how you approach the QB position. If not, then just pick somebody that fits your profile. But he is a QB.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 7, 2014 8:48 PM

    Should add Logan Thomas to that list.

  4. rationalfootballfan says: Feb 8, 2014 2:49 AM

    What’s the status with that Bell guy at OSU? Is he in the draft this year? They call him the Belldozer don’t they? Pretty cool stuff haha

  5. eatitfanboy says: Feb 8, 2014 12:35 PM

    Jordan Lynch will never be an NFL Qb. Even the poster who tries to make a case for it does a better job making a case against it.

    No team has an offense designed to cover for a Qb who can’t pass. Denver managed to slap something together and win some games without scoring many points and even they got themselves another guy as quickly as they could.

    There are only two reasons a guy would ignore recent history (Klein, Tebow) and refuse to take the clearest path to a successful career: Ego and Wallet. Qbs are the most famous and make the most money. That in and of itself would be a red flag to me if I were an NFL GM.

  6. joro5551 says: Feb 8, 2014 1:01 PM

    You don’t overhaul a system to see if a 7th rounder fits. Lynch will make it if he switches, if not he’ll wash out. Reminds me of Tebow’s skillset. He was a first rounder and that didn’t exactly give him a lengthy career did it?

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