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2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Nevada Quarterback Colin Kaepernick


Colin Kaepernick is a draft prospect who is quickly rising up draft boards. In fact, we have learned through various other sources that Kaepernick is on TOP of some teams’ lists of quarterbacks!

Kaepernick has already been drafted once in his life–in 2009 to the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher–but has put all of that behind him, and is now focused on football. The former Nevada Wolfpack star is a very different prospect because he came from the Pistol style offense, which is certainly not a pro-style setup, but it seems the majority of the top quarterbacks coming out nowadays haven’t played in pro-style systems anyway.

Kaepernick is the only player in college history to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 for three straight years, and he almost did it for four. He is truly an intriguing player, and is being looked at by a handful of NFL teams, that we know of.

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  • Cleveland Browns
  • Denver Broncos
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Tennessee Titans

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Obviously, Kaepernick is a guy in demand. He is being looked at by a ton of clubs, and for good reason. He is at least as developed at the point as a guy like Vince Young, in my opinion, and he has great size and arm strength. The key for Kaepernick is going to be whether or not he can transition his game to the pros, be able to read defenses, and improve his accuracy on intermediate and deeper throws. He certainly has the arm pop to get it done.

The biggest thing Kaepernick has going for him is his versatility. He is effective on the run, and he can sling it. This is a guy who put up huge numbers at Nevada, and he did it over a consistent amount of time. He is also known as one of the higher level players in the draft in terms of his intangibles. Kaepernick is adopted, and has a great life story to this point.

Another huge plus for Kaepernick–no pun intended–is his great size. He is a tall kid with good muscle build and a very durable frame. He did not miss much time at all at Nevada, and is one of the tougher quarterbacks in the draft.

Kaepernick is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the draft based on raw ability, but he’s going to have an uphill climb if he wants to be successful in the NFL over a long period of time. I have no doubt in my mind that he can do it, but he will need to get in with good coaching.

Some have compared Kaepernick’s rise on draft boards to that of Jay Cutler, the former Vanderbilt star and 11th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos.

Based on the uncertainty of whether or not he can develop mentally, I think I would put Kaepernick as a second round prospect, but he is all over the first round buzz right now, and could go as high as 15 to the Miami Dolphins if they so choose.

This is a guy with size, speed, intangibles, and arm strength. Why would you not take a flyer on him?

If you think he can be a franchise guy, I say do it.