2018 NFL Draft

A.J. Klein, ILB

School: Iowa State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kimberly, WI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
Phil Steele's College Football Preview 2012 first-team All-Big 12 and fourth-team All-American ... 2012 Lindy's preseason first-team All-Big 12 and second-team All-American ... 2012 Athlon Sports preseason first-team All-Big 12 ... USA Today first-team All-Big 12 ... 2011 Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... 2011 first-team All-Big 12 (coaches) ... 2011 second-team All-Big 12 (AP) ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21, 2011) ... 2011 Pete Taylor MVP Award ... 2010 Honorable mention All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches) ... First-team Academic All-Big 12 (2010, 2011) ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (F09, S10, S11, F11) ... Scholar Athlete (2012).
2012 Season
Klein leads Iowa State with 98 tackles this season. He enters the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. with 342 career tackles and 19 tackles for loss. His four career interception returns for touchdowns equal the NCAA record for linebackers. Klein was a first-team selection by the Big 12 coaches and second-team choice by the conference's coaches last season. The 2011 Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches earned honorable mention honors for that award this season. Klein was an honorable mention choice on the AP team in 2010.
2011 Season
Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches and second-team all-conference from The Associated Press ... earned Iowa State's Peter Taylor MVP Award recipient ... started all 13 games ... led Iowa State with 116 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss ... finished second in the Big 12 and tied for 45th nationally in tackles ... broke up six passes, had two sacks and grabbed an interception as well ... had five games with at least 10 tackles ... up to 12 career games with double-figures in tackles ... enters senior season with 244 career tackles, including 16.5 for a loss ... led Iowa State with 14 tackles, one for loss, in win over Oklahoma State ... tied a career-high with 15 tackles against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl ... recorded Iowa State's longest play from scrimmage, returning an interception 78 yards for a touchdown at Missouri, the longest interception return in the Big 12 in 2011 ... return touchdown was third of his career, which makes him Iowa State's all-time leader in interception returns for touchdowns and ties him with former defensive tackle Brent Curvey (2003-06) for Iowa State's most career defensive touchdowns (three) ... also recorded 12 tackles, 1.5 for loss, against the Tigers ... also posted 12 tackles at Oklahoma ... finished with 10 tackles against Texas A&M ... posted sacks vs. Baylor and Kansas.
2010 Season
Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors ... averaged 9.25 tackles per game, ranking him fifth in the Big 12 in that category ... made 13 tackles against Oklahoma ...had 10 stops against Kansas State and returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown ... returned a pick 25 yards for a touchdown the following week against UNI to become the first Iowa Stater to return interceptions to the house in consecutive games since 1996 ... led the Cyclones with 11 tackles, including one for a loss, at Iowa ... made auspicious performance in first career start, making career-high 15 tackles, one for a 3-yard loss against Northern Illinois.
2009 Season
Played in every game as a true freshman ... finished season with 17 tackles ... also caused and recovered a fumble ... had four tackles at Nebraska.
High School
Sixth-ranked prospect in Wisconsin ... chose Iowa State over Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Wyoming ... 86th-rated outside linebacker ... high school team went 37-1 during his career ... led team to back-to-back Division II state championships in his final two seasons ... 121 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... career included 287 tackles, 17 sacks, two interceptions ... returned one interception for a touchdown ... five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... two-time FVA Conference Linebacker of the Year and FVA Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... WFCA first-team all-state as a senior ... Inside Wisconsin Sports magazine's Defensive Player of the Year ... team captain as a junior and senior ... coached by Steve Jorgensen ... also lettered in track and field ... four-year member of the honor roll.
Born July 30, 1991 in Appleton, Wis. ... parents are Jean and Leonard Klein ... kinesiology - physical therapy major ... cousin Aron Klein played football at Iowa.