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.