Is it a feel-good story about a heavily-doubted player who rises above the adversity? Or another youngster too stubborn to see that what he wants isn’t what he’ll get? In the case of Collin Klein, my money is on the latter.
Signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State, Klein has made it clear that he plans to play quarterback in the NFL despite several teams asking him to switch positions. There’s a reason that he went undrafted after finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting last season.
Throughout his college career, Klein struggled to be an effective, consistent passer. With an awkward throwing motion and lackluster arm strength, his passing was far from NFL-worthy. The biggest reason he made a run at the Heisman was his scrambling ability, something that won’t translate to a capable quarterback at the next level considering his subpar passing.
Still, Klein has his heart set on being a signal caller.
“In my heart, I know I can do it,” Klein said when asked about playing quarterback in the NFL. “That’s the position I love to play. Until that door closes, I’m going to walk through it.”
So what makes him believe that he has a legitimate chance at stealing a spot on the quarterback depth chart with the Texans?
In all honesty, his chances in a competition that consists of T.J. Yates, Case Keenum and Stephen McGee are slim to none. Yates has starting experience and is one of the top sleeper quarterbacks in the league. Keenum is a raw project who showed enough promise last season to stick around. McGee has some NFL experience, spending time with the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo’s backup.
There have been murmurs that Klein could make a switch to tight end, linebacker or safety in an effort to capitalize on his superb athleticism. His stubbornness, however, could bring an end to an NFL career that has yet to really begin.
In the end, some college stars just don’t have the overall skill set to make a smooth transition to the NFL. Klein is a prime example of that.
Unless he drops his quest of becoming a professional quarterback, he’ll be out of the league before long.