Collin Klein: How Will Houston's Newest QB Fare in the Pros?

Dan HopeContributor IIIApril 27, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was a finalist for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, but that wasn't enough to earn him a place in the 2013 NFL Draft. Klein will, however, have a shot at making an NFL roster, as he tweeted Saturday night that he will be joining the Houston Texans.


Klein was a great collegiate quarterback, but he is a long shot to make it as an NFL quarterback.

He does have great size for an NFL quarterback (6'5", 226 pounds), has a fairly strong arm and is a good athlete who can run the ball with power and strength through contact. He has some serious flaws as a pocket passer, however, as he has poor footwork within the pocket, an awkward delivery and struggles with downfield accuracy.

As a dual-threat, read option quarterback, Klein is more Tim Tebow than he is Colin Kaepernick. If he is willing to try different positions in an effort to make an NFL roster, he may have some developmental upside as a tight end, but he is unlikely to be anything more than a third-string NFL quarterback.


Even if Klein makes the Texans' roster, he is unlikely to see any snaps under center unless multiple injuries occur in front of him. Unless he ends up in that situation, he has no fantasy value.


With Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates firmly entrenched as the top two quarterbacks on the Texans' depth chart, Klein will have to compete for the third-string quarterback job with Stephen McGee, signed this offseason as a free agent, and with Case Keenum, a star college quarterback with limited NFL potential like Klein.

McGee has the most pocket-passing ability of those three quarterbacks and projects as the favorite to win the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Still, Klein will have a fighting chance.


Klein has some intriguing physical tools and a history of collegiate success, which makes him well worth bringing in as an undrafted free agent.

He looks like a long shot to make the Texans' final roster, but as he is known for his toughness and energy on the football field, he should be expected to compete hard and try to prove himself worthy of the third-string quarterback job. The Texans may also be able to try him out at tight end if he is willing to play another position.