Prospect

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Colin Kaepernick (QB)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    233 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Nevada
  • Conference:
    Mountain West
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Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 4 (36)

Pick Analysis: Jim Harbaugh takes a flyer on the athletic Kaepernick to be his quarterback of the future. He is an explosive dual threat and could be a dynamic player under Harbaugh's tutelage. While he will need time to transition to the pro game after excelling in a Pistol scheme, he might be a year or two away from being contributor as a starter. This likely means that Alex Smith is still a prominent part of the team's plans going forward.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press- -
  • Vertical Jump32.5 inch
  • Broad Jump115.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.85 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.18 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Kaepernick has enough physical tools to be viewed as a developmental backup quarterback prospect. Experienced, competitive, productive and durable but very raw in terms of making NFL reads and throws. Will need to become accustomed to making pro-style progressions and must improve overall accuracy. Arm strength is good but needs to tighten up his delivery and work on getting the ball out on time with more consistency. Can make a lot of plays with his feet but will be too confident at times and take unnecessary sacks. Kaepernick will likely attract a team with his measurables and outstanding intangibles. His stock has risen considerably with solid workouts, so expect him to be taken some time in the second to third round.


Strengths

Kaepernick is an excellent blend of height, build and speed for a quarterback. Possesses toughness and leadership qualities. Flashes good accuracy on intermediate routes. Shows enough arm strength to make most NFL throws. Won't have many passes batted down. Can escape the pocket and pickup first downs with his legs.

Weaknesses

Plays out of the pistol, lacks experience under center. Has not been asked to make NFL progressions and reads. Not quick to check down or hit hot read against the blitz. Misses too many short passes. Doesn't have consistent touch on the deep ball. Release is somewhat elongated and can dip down to sidearm at times.

Grade

6.8

 

Video Playlist

  1. 49ers pick Colin Kaepernick No. 36

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 06:36 p.m.

    San Francisco great Dwight Clark announces the 49ers' selection with the 36th overall pick, Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers traded with the Broncos to acquire this pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 01:42 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

  3. Colin Kaepernick vignette

    Published: Feb. 16, 2011 at 08:06 p.m.

    Get to know Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick and see why he thinks he's ready to start in the NFL.

  4. 2011 combine workout: Colin Kaepernick

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 03:14 p.m.

    Watch Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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