Niners Trade up in 2nd for QB Colin Kaepernick

The Niners traded up from 45 to 36 in the 2nd round to draft QB Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers gave up picks 45, 108, and 141. Nice move by the 49ers only gave up a 4th and a 5th.

Height:6’5″
Weight:233 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 1/8 in.
College:Nevada
Conference:WAC

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




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  • Chris

    Not sure how I feel bout this pick, I was almost hoping for the virginia tech runner to take some load of gore or a good defensive back and then trade for a proven qb. Maybe theyll sign namndi to fill our db need. Wish we coulda got Luck next year.

  • brucesf49

    Why does the article say we drafted Ricky Stanzi? lol

  • mark22

    yah why does this shit website say we got ricky stanzi like u guys rly bummed me out when i found out we didnt get stanzi but we got keapernick wow his name doesnt sizzle me at all he will do nothing for us this year while the cardinals are getting stronger every pick

    • 49ersNews

      My bad…I had Stanzi on the mind when I was starting to write the article…

  • mark22

    np sry for name calling this website but Im just pissed on how the 49ers are picking there draft picks but not alot ppl are commentating on this years draft not like last year

  • mark22

    this is one of the worst drafts i have ever seen in my life we have three 6 round draft picks and we pick chris culliver one of the commentaters was he had this guy gin 6th round wow this bad

  • mark22

    was saying*

  • mark22

    my bad typing fast he had this guy going 6th round

  • Bossbre1210

    Don't now what say just hope they know what there doing …….don't want a year like last year QB dreams are gone there's lot of QBs out there at least give nate Davis a chance what do we have to lose hope were not promise a good year agin no more talking just get the job done…….

    • Hunterboyz

      We no longer have Nate Davis… He is a Seahawk… :(

  • Hunterboyz

    Dude I love your attitude…
    I guess because I'm a very positive minded person…
    Colin seems cool…
    But really I still believe Alex will show greatness…
    He never had anything to really work with in the past, but now I feel he has whats needed to get the job done… He could use some better receivers…

    Truthfully, he did throw some bad throws, but the man can play…
    All those INTS wasn't his fault…
    I hate he was benched for Troy Smith… Troy is cool, but Alex was always ready… & had he started that game against the Rams, I believe we would have won…

    But while their experence is low with whats needed to be an NFL QB, their points are somewhat valid about him having time to make something happen…

    I pray Coach knows what he's doing…

  • Hunterboyz

    As a Fan of the Forty Niners, I just pray this guys does whats invisioned that he'll do…
    They obvious see something special within him, and I for one, believe they have a plan…

    Can't lie and say that I didn't want Ryan Mallet… It really pissed me off for the Patriots to pick him up, but I'm sure there are things about the guy that I don't know, and must have been harmful for him to slip so far…

    Kaepernick will make it here… I'm confident of that… how long, I'm not sure…
    That line "Has not been asked to make NFL progressions and reads." didn't help his cause in my book…