Collin Klein Asked to Work Out with Tight Ends at NFL Combine

John RozumCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2013

Collin Klein has the talent to line up at tight end in pro football.
Collin Klein has the talent to line up at tight end in pro football.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Collin Klein has been reportedly asked to participate with tight ends at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:32 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post Klein will not be participating in the combine as a tight end.


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Per Dan Hanzus of

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will be asked to work out with the tight ends on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to's Gil Brandt.

Earlier Friday, Klein reaffirmed his intention to make it in the NFL as a quarterback.

"That's my heart," Klein said. "I know I have the tools to do that, and I know I bring a lot to the team at that position. That's what I want to do."

Although Klein was a 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist and led Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats to a Big 12 conference title last season, the quarterback possesses the size and athleticism to contribute as a tight end.

Over the past two seasons he racked up 2,061 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground. That's quite impressive for a quarterback who plays the majority of his games against Power Six conference teams.

Well, quarterbacks in the NFL need the ability to siphon defenses with their passing. Klein isn't a prototypical NFL quarterback given his college system, but he has the tangibles to play tight end.

At 6'5" and 226 pounds, Klein presents the physical tools to create mismatches against linebackers and defensive backs. His ability as a runner to accumulate yards after contact was impressive, so he could be a third-down option for an NFL offense.

That size is also an advantage inside the red zone, because defenses tend to tighten up against a short field. Considering his ground-and-pound style of play as a quarterback, Klein will easily withstand the physical toughness required to line up in the trenches.

Plus his natural athleticism makes him versatile enough for the slot and taking snaps as a wildcat quarterback.