Collin Klein still doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback

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Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who came in third place in last month’s Heisman Trophy voting, is the top star at the East-West Shrine Game. But he’s not the top NFL prospect. Not by a long shot.

The reviews are in on Klein’s first Shrine Game practice, and he’s being compared to Tim Tebow. Which is not a good thing, if you want to be an NFL quarterback.

“This is a tough week for Collin Klein, who wants to be an NFL quarterback,” Charles Davis said on NFL Network. “He has many Tebow-esque qualities, including a throwing motion that many people question.”

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times attended the Shrine Game practice and described Klein’s throwing motion as “very strange.”

And Steve Muench of writes that Klein “labored to drive the ball downfield, needing to summon everything he had to put zip on vertical passes, and . . . also made some questionable decisions.”

The good news for Klein is that he was a great playmaker with his feet in a spread offense at Kansas State, and Colin Kaepernick’s performance for the 49ers against the Packers on Saturday may have NFL teams coveting a quarterback who can make plays with his feet in a spread offense. The problem is that Klein doesn’t have anything close to as good an arm as Kaepernick. And if you make plays with your feet but you don’t have an NFL arm, then quarterback is probably not the position for you in the NFL.

17 responses to “Collin Klein still doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback

  1. In a draft class with no standout quarterbacks? This guy gets taken in the first two rounds easily.

  2. Colin Kaepernick has a cannon for an arm and Collin Klein has the arm strength of Ryan Fitzpatrick coupled with the throwing motion of Tim Tebow; not a good combination at all.

    My prediction: Klein goes undrafted and receives a camp invite from a team in Florida, doesn’t make it out of camp and tries his luck in Canada.

  3. A smart GM will sign him as an undrafted rookie free agent and have him work with Warren Moon or George Whitfield on his mechanics and throwing accuracy. Colin can lift weights to strength his body so he can throw harder and deeper. Colin will be better in a year or two. There are no finished products in the 2013 NFL Draft, mostly highly drafted disappointments.
    Let’s not put too much stock in the evaluations of the NFL scouts, remember they still think Russell Wilson is too short but Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden are franchise quarterbacks. How about the scouts thinking Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker would be better quarterbacks than Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick?
    My advice is watch the games and see how the players perform in game situations then form your own opinion.

  4. Every time I here someone talk about someone’s throwing motion being “strange” I immediately think of Uncle Rico.

    Yeah… Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would’ve been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.

  5. Iwould be extremely surprised if Colin Klein were to be drafted. His throwing motion is honestly worse than timmy tebow’s …that’s saying something.

    There will be some dark horse qb that comes out of this draft, not named Geno or Matt.

  6. Hopefully NFL teams are finally realizing that the team needs a QUARTERBACK to be successful. If the quarterback can also run and is athletic, awesome. If the player is a runner who can kinda sorta throw and may or may not be able to read defenses, forget it.

    There are plenty of kids out there that can run the ball, not that many that can be quarterback. Find a quarterback first.

  7. If Alex Smith leaves the Niners,don’t be surprised if there are Colin1 and Collin2 in San Francisco next year. If anybody can fix a QB it is Harbaugh. The Niners have 14 picks in this years draft and Klein would be a good gamble at a 6 or 7th round pick.

  8. I hope Klein realizes that not everyone can be an NFL QB, but he is a good football player that can have a nice career at another position.

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