Photo of Kain Colter
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Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Full name is Theodis Kain Colter. Father, Spencer, played on the 1990 Colorado national championship team. Prepped in Colorado where also played basketball and competed in track and field (long jump/triple jump). Originally committed to Stanford and then-head coach Jim Harbaugh, but signed with NU when an injury -- tore the labrum and biceps tendon in his right (throwing) arm in the first game of his senior season and missed eight games -- cooled Stanford's interest. Served as a backup quarterback in 2010 when he saw limited action in three games, completing 3-of-9 pass attempts for 38 yards with zero touchdowns and an interception. Played all 13 games in '11 -- started the first three at quarterback in place of injured starter Dan Persa and three more at receiver -- and tossed 55-82-673-6-1 (67.1) while totaling 43 receptions for 466 yards (10.8-yard average) and three touchdowns. Was the quarterback in '12 when he started all 13 games (lined up at receiver to open the game against Indiana) and passed 101-149-872-8-4 (67.8) with 16-169-0 (10.6) receiving. Started all 11 games played in '13, throwing 63-80-577-4-3 (78.7) and catching 3-16-1 (5.3). Did not play against Minnesota or Michigan State (ankle). For his career, rushed 449 times for 2,180 yards (4.9) and 28 touchdowns. Had his ankle surgically repaired following the season and withdrew from the Senior Bowl. Two-time captain. Participates in the National College Players Association, a nonprofit player advocate group, and spearheaded effort for Northwestern football players to unionize at the conclusion of his college playing career.



Well-defined body with big, soft hands. Good short-area burst, quickness, agility and balance. Can work his way through zones and uncover underneath. Can stop on a dime and string some moves together. Good run vision and creativity to navigate through traffic. Extremely competitive. Highly intelligent and football smart. Articulate communicator. Adds intriguing versatility as a triggerman. Good pedigree -- coach's son.


Has short arms. Adequate run strength -- does not power through tackles. Can improve using his hands to beat the jam. Lacks elite top-end speed to separate vertically. Has a lot of room to improve as a perimeter blocker.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

An athletic, undersized, multi-threat, option college quarterback who shared time in the slot, Colter displayed the playmaking ability, short-area burst, creativity and hands to become a Danny Amendola-type slot receiver and should be able to factor readily in the pros once he commits full-time to the position. Offers situational Wildcat quarterbacking capability and return ability with traits that project very well as a punt returner. Postseason ankle surgery will limit his spring workouts and could dip his draft standing.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.