Ex-Northwestern QB Kain Colter signs with Vikings

Ex-Northwestern QB Kain Colter signs with Vikings
May 11, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Even at his best at Northwestern, Kain Colter didn't seem to be one of those college quarterbacks who was going to get drafted.

That's why he switched to wide receiver.

The former Northwestern quarterback, who's now gaining far more attention for what he's trying to do off the field for anything he did on it, is still trying to continue his football career into the professional ranks. And he's going to get a chance after the Minnesota Vikings signed him as an undrafted free agent after the draft on Saturday.

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Colter's quarterbacking was never orthodox, typically focusing more on the run than the pass (he amassed 2,180 career rush yards compared to 2,166 passing yards), so Vikings fans won't have to worry about him challenging newly drafted Teddy Bridgewater for the role of quarterback of the future. But Colter's athleticism was rarely in doubt, and it's why he's hoping he has a future in the NFL as a pass-catcher, perhaps receiving those throws from Bridgewater.

And for those who think he might be switching positions on a whim, Colter did spend an ample amount of time catching passes at Northwestern. He hauled in 63 receptions in four seasons for 683 yards and four touchdowns. That's not to say they weren't frequently of the gimmicky variety. His touchdown catch last season came from his fellow QB Trevor Siemian in that season-altering loss to Ohio State. Still, head coach Pat Fitzgerald was always fond of Colter's versatility. Now it's time to see if the Vikings are as impressed.

While no Northwestern players were drafted, Colter was one of four Wildcats signed as undrafted free agents. The Vikings also agreed to a deal with defensive end Tyler Scott, the Jaguars signed kicker Jeff Budzien and the Redskins signed wide receiver Rashad Lawrence.