Can Kain Colter go from Northwestern QB to NFL wideout?

Can Kain Colter go from Northwestern QB to NFL wideout?
January 22, 2014, 9:45 am
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Vinnie Duber

Part of what made Kain Colter such an effective player at Northwestern was his versatility.

During his four years of a Wildcats, Colter mainly played quarterback, but his throwing ability was teamed with his other athletic attributes to produce a player who could throw, run and even catch a few passes. Well Colter is hoping to catch more than a few passes in what he hopes will be his next gig: NFL wide receiver.

"Wherever they want me, I'm going to play," Colter said in a report that aired Tuesday on Big Ten Network. "I'm just trying to show that I'm versatile, I can do a lot of different things, and wherever a team needs me, I'm going to try to go in there and help them out in any way I can."

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Colter is currently prepping for Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and he's doing it as a wideout. The idea of Colter as a pass catcher might not be so far-fetched. He did catch 63 passes for 683 yards and four touchdowns in his college career. That includes a 466-yard season in 2011 and a touchdown reception in last season's game against Ohio State.

Of course, Colter spent most of his time as a dual-threat quarterback, serving as the more ground-oriented in a quarterbacking tandem with Trevor Siemian. But versatility could be a plus come draft day, and one analyst thinks Colter could go as high as the second or third round come April. That's a bold prediction considering receiving was third on the list of Colter's most-used skill sets at Northwestern.

Still, Colter is hoping he can make a career out of it. Stay tuned.