Kain Colter was a good player for the Northwestern Wildcats. He did a wonderful job, along with Trevor Siemian, in replacing not only Dan Persa, but Mike Kafka before him. He helped lead the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1949 in the 2013 Gator Bowl, by defeating the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. While he did a wonderful job for the team, and has a rising draft stock, he is doomed to be the same player as many who came before him, a fast Quarterback who makes the move to Wide Receiver due to problems with accuracy. He will join two obvious examples in Armanti Edwards and Denard Robinson.
Edwards entered the 2010 NFL Draft as a Wide Receiver after leading the Appalachian St. Mountaineers to two FCS National Championships in his four years as starter. He combined with Dexter Jackson to make a formidable team that defeated not only the no. 5 Michigan Wolverines in 2007, but also outplayed Joe Flacco of Delaware in that season’s FCS Championship Game.
Edwards was taken 89th overall by the Carolina Panthers, and proved to be a huge disappointment. Edwards has played in 35 games in his career, has six receptions for 131 yards, 38 punt returns for 257 yards, and has passed the ball three times, completing two while compiling 11 yards. He was released by the Panthers before signing with the Cleveland Browns, and then ultimately adding very little to the team. He is currently a free agent and will more than likely not even receive an offer. The most telling stat on Edwards may be the fact that he has never scored a single point in the NFL.
Robinson is the newest example showing that the NFL isn’t fit for players of this skill-set.
A star at Michigan, Robinson was drafted in the fifth-round of last season’s NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was billed as an “Offensive Weapon” by the coaching staff. Robinson’s first season can only be described as a disaster. Robinson had 20 rushes for 66 yards, and also fumbled three times, losing two. He also had four kick returns for 88 yards, and had one incompletion. Robinson couldn’t even crack the starting line-up for one of the worst offenses in the NFL, despite his label.
Colter is going to have to earn every snap he gets, but don’t expect much, since both Edwards and Robinson were more highly touted coming out of college than Colter. Schemes and playing styles are one thing, but Colter also falls behind Edwards and Robinson in skills and pedigree.