Monday, May 13, 2013
Texans coach: A Collin Klein believer
By David Ubben
Collin Klein insisted on working out only at quarterback in advance of last month's NFL Draft, passing up opportunities to let scouts look at him at tight end or receiver.
Kansas State's quarterback a year ago isn't the first Heisman finalist to go undrafted, but he didn't even receive a free agent contract. The Houston Texans invited him to camp to try out, but he left Texans coach Gary Kubiak gushing.
"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but to watch how far the guy came in two and a half days; (he) really played probably his best day out here today," Kubiak told NFL.com. "He's found a way his whole career, and he's probably going to find a way this time, too."
Very interesting stuff. I'm still skeptical and don't buy Klein as anything close to an NFL quarterback, but Kubiak has been an NFL coach for almost two decades, half of which came as an offensive coordinator. He knows passers. Time will tell if Klein "finds a way," but after just a few days of mini-camp, it's crazy to hear that kind of praise coming Klein's way from an NFL head coach.
Later in the interview, Kubiak reiterated that Klein would "beat the bushes" and "figure out a way." Kubiak can put his money where his mouth is with an official contract soon. That's got to be the next step. Plenty of folks in college football will be taking notice now. However, Klein left camp on Sunday and told FOX 26 in Houston that he didn't sign a contract.
"He's got a ton (of talent)," Kubiak said. "For what he did in college and what (pre-draft quarterback coach) Jake (Plummer) has been doing with him, he's come a long way, as far as working under center and stuff. The arm strength is there. The delivery is a little different but you work with that. But his instincts as a football player you can't coach; the way he just takes off and stuff like that."