May 14, 2013
Collin Klein was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2012 and was one of college football's most dangerous weapons during the season. Unfortunately, that has yet to translate to an NFL job, as the Houston Texans decided against offering the former Kansas State quarterback a contract after he was given a tryout.
Although quarterback Collin Klein impressed coach Gary Kubiak at the Houston Texans' rookie minicamp last weekend, the Heisman Trophy finalist wasn't offered a contract by the team.
Klein, who finished third in last year's Heisman Trophy voting, insisted on working out only at quarterback in advance of the NFL draft despite his unorthodox throwing motion, passing up opportunities to let scouts look at him at tight end or receiver.
The former Kansas State quarterback ended up going undrafted and accepted the tryout invitation from the Texans.
Klein was brilliant in 2012, throwing for 2,641, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. His real impact, though, came in the running game, as he rushed for 920 yards and 23 touchdowns.
That actually was a slight dip from his 2011 season, when he rushed for a remarkable 1,141 and 27 touchdowns.
At this point, Klein may be facing a similar situation to Tim Tebow, who likewise is a big and strong athlete that teams would be willing to try at different positions. Both are devastating power runners, both have unorthodox and slow throwing motions and both are currently without an NFL job.
At some point, Klein may have to accept he has a future in the NFL, but it isn't at quarterback. He has the size (6'5", 225 pounds) to convert to tight end, and the running ability to make the move to fullback.
He has to be willing to make that change, of course.
To his credit, Klein at least improved throughout the minicamp, and Kubiak praised his arm strength and football instincts (via the ESPN report). Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for Kubiak and the Texans to decide it was worthwhile to sign Klein as a quarterback project.
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