Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/16/13
Does Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter have a future in the NFL? Well, maybe but if so only at a position other than QB. I was on media conference call with ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and I asked about the professional football future of Big Ten players. Kain Colter was the only guy from NU that Kiper mentioned. The player comparison he made was an interesting one as well. Kiper thinks Kain Colter could be a NFL wide receiver, in the mold of Hines Ward. That’s setting the bar pretty high. Ward, a current analyst with NBC, and former Dancing with the Stars contestant, went to four Pro Bowls and made all pro three times. He won two Super Bowls (XL MVP) and is the Pittsburgh Steelers All-time leader in receiving touchdowns (85),  receptions (1,000), and receiving yards (12,085). The Steelers retired his number, and he’s the same height as what Kain Colter is listed as. Colter is listed as being 15 pounds lighter. It’s an interesting, although very lofty comparison, as Hines Ward is on the Steelers all-time team. As you know Kain Colter has played a lot of receiver. He has just one catch for nine yards this season; it was a touchdown. He entered 2013 having caught over 60 balls for close to 700 yards. Kiper did not specify what round he projected Kain Colter could go. Ward was a late third round pick when he was drafted. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS  Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan The post Kain Colter a NFL WR? Mel Kiper Jr. thinks so appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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