2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Colin Kaepernick
When you talk about athletes in the 2011 NFL Draft, you have to mention Colin Kaepernick (pronounced CAP-er-nick).
Kaepernick was a three sport star who received many scholarship offers to play college baseball, as well as football. He starred as a basketball player as well, but football was his ultimate passion, despite being clocked as high as a 94 MPH fast ball, and being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, despite not having played baseball in three years.
Kaepernick still wasn’t highly recruited in football, however, but wanted to play it regardless, and ultimately took a scholarship offer from Nevada. After redshirting in 2006, Kaepernick began seeing playing time as a freshman in 2007, and started his first game in October of 2007. From that day he started every game for the Wolfpack, and is one of only three players in history to have thrown for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in one season. The other two players are Tim Tebow and Cam Newton… You may have heard of them.
Player Name: Colin Kaepernick
Height: 6’4 1/2
Hand Size: 9 1/8
Kaepernick’s athleticism is what sets him apart from most of the other quarterbacks in this draft, not named Cam Newton or Tyrod Taylor. He’s a long strider who makes a ton of plays on his feet, and he evades pressure with ease. But in terms or passing, Kaepernick is quite underrated. He puts good zip on his passes, and has very solid arm strength. While his accuracy isn’t amazing, it’s still better than what many want to give him credit for. He puts good touch on his passes and makes passes towards the sidelines on come backs, hitches, outs and flags look easy. Kaepernick does do a nice job checking down to different receivers, and loves to use his tight end (Virgil Green) as a receiver. He’s a natural leader, and is a smart football player, and is very coachable.
Kaepernick’s mechanics will need to be addressed at the next level. He has a slow wind up, and tends to hold the ball a bit too low. His decision making is somewhat questionable, sometimes forcing throws. Playing in a Pistol offense that is a run first, read offense, he never really was highlighted as a passing quarterback. Kaepernick will need to prove that he can set his feet and throw the ball with zip and accuracy, and he will need to improve on his deep ball accuracy. At times he tends to lob the ball into deep coverage, sometimes getting bailed out by a receiver. He didn’t face much big time competition playing in the WAC, which also brings up red flags, but he will get a chance to prove doubters wrong at the NFL Combine.
Kaepernick’s stock will only rise over the course of the NFL Draft season. His athleticism is extremely tough to ignore, and we’ve seen guys like Tim Tebow and Vince Young who had mechanics problems with their throwing motions drafted in the first round. Still, Kaepernick is going to be a guy who rises into the second or third round, and will be developed for at least a season or two to become a starter. Look for teams like Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and Oakland to take a hard look at him in the second round, or third round at the very least. He’s a talented player who should impress at the combine, and is rumored to run a sub 4.50 forty yard dash.
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