Heisman Trophy 2012: How Do NFL Scouts View Kansas State Wildcats’ Collin Klein?

Dec 1, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) drops back to pass in the first half of the game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein burst onto the scene this season and was running away with the Heisman Trophy in the early part of the season. Unfortunately for Klein and the Wildcats, they hit a few stumbling blocks but he still found himself being invited to New York.

Klein, a senior, will now be making the jump to the pros after the Fiesta Bowl match up against the Oregon Ducks.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke with some NFL scouts leading up to the Heisman Trophy presentation to get a pulse on their opinion of the future NFL quarterback.

Schefter wrote:

What’s most impressive to NFL scouts is how Klein excelled with so little talent surrounding him. Yet the NFL is torn over what to make of Klein, who has a funky motion and great intangibles but is hardly a classic pocket passer. One evaluator said Klein was a cross between former Jaguars first-round pick Matt Jones and former Broncos first-round pick Tim Tebow, each of whom has struggled to find a home at the NFL level. Klein has Jones’ long-stride speed and Tebow’s unimpeachable character, but his skill set has not wowed NFL scouts even if his determination has. Klein is viewed as a late-round pick.

A mix between Matt Jones and Tim Tebow? Ouch. That doesn’t sound good for Klein’s pro prospects.

Realistically, Klein will be drafted in the later rounds of the NFL Draft and will find a spot as a developmental back up quarterback. It’s unlikely that Klein will become a long time starter at the next level but he could find a home if he learns the playbook and proves to be a good teammate.