Klein started off his career at Kansas State as a redshirt in 2008. In 2009, he saw extremely limited action, as he threw and completed just one pass for 27 yards. He also caught six passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. In 2010, Klein saw spot duty as a quarterback before getting starts against Colorado and Texas. Klein took over as the starter at quarterback in 2011, and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. He completed 161 passes out of 281 attempts (57.3 percent) with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13-to-6. Klein also contributed 27 rushing touchdowns on 317 carries. Klein broke a 42-year-old record for Kansas State rushing touchdowns in a season.
Klein started off 2012 as a Heisman favorite. He ultimately finished third in the voting, putting together a stellar statistical season. Klein completed 194 passes out of his 304 attempts (64.8 percent) and threw for 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions. On the ground, Klein carried the football 207 times and notched 23 touchdowns. Klein was selected to the All-Big 12 first team, as well as to the AP All-American second-team.
Good athlete with power in his lower body. Runs with power, and can break tackles. Shows great leadership and toughness. Good velocity in the short/intermediate passing game. Displays very good mobility within the pocket, able to elude defenders. Works through his progressions, and makes smart decisions.
Plagued by inaccuracy. Awkward delivery, throws with a hitch which contributes to his inaccuracy. Struggles to lead receivers. Footwork needs to be cleaned up.
Klein was a great college player, but is unlikely to have that same kind of success in the professional ranks. He will have to make serious changes to how he plays the quarterback position, or he will need to convert to running back or fullback. However, Klein is still a massive threat running the football, as he runs with great power and can break tackles. A creative offensive staff could potentially find a place for him.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.