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Colin Kaepernick Picking Up Steam Among Prognosticators

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2011 – 1:01 pm

The names bandied about most frequently with respect to the Vikings and this year’s NFL draft are Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett. As is the case with most draft prospects, both of those guys have a few question marks to go along with their many strengths.

And with respect to the general consensus among NFL draft prognosticators, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will be the first off the board, with Locker and Mallett representing “next best” status. But lately I’ve noticed another name that’s garnered lots of attention – University of Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.

Three teams in the AFC South – Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee – have spent time privately with Kaepernick and the website ProFootballTalk.com spoke with a source that gave a flattering review of the athletic, strong-armed QB.

“I’m hearing that the Titans at (pick #) 39 could be the pick [for Kaepernick],” PFT quotes its source as saying. “Unless a team grabs him prior to that.  And the possibility of a team trading into the second half of the first round for Kaepernick is very real.”

There are several more interesting tidbits from the PFT item on Kaepernick, including the source expecting Kaepernick to be drafted before Mallet, a belief that Kaepernick’s stock is on the rise, ex-NFL scout Dave Razzano hearing that Kaepernick is inching into the 1st round on some boards and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock comparing Kaepernick to Tim Tebow, but adding that Kaepernick is “probably a better athlete…with a rifle for an arm.”

The item from PFT is interesting and is worth a read, especially if you’re a big Kaepernick fan.

Aside from a bevy of DE names and then the QB speculation of Locker and Mallett, another possibility tied to the Vikings is that of a trade, specifically a trade back into the later stages of the 1st round (which would also lead to the acquisition of more draft selections in either/both the 2nd and 3rd rounds).

So with all of that said, how do Vikings fans feel about Kaepernick? We’re not suggesting the team has interest in him, but the rise of Kaepernick is worth pointing out and it’s always fun to hear what you have to say about certain prospects. Let us know what you think by posting a comment in the comments section below this entry.

For what it’s worth, here’s what I said of Kaepernick in the vikings.com QB Collection: Teams looking for a QB that A) spent 4 seasons in college, B) won a lot of games and C) possess a combination of pocket-passing presence and mobility will have to take a serious look at Kaepernick. He played for the University of Nevada, a program that has operated in the shadow of Boise State, but that shouldn’t dilute any of his accomplishments. Kaepernick is the first player in NCAA history to record 3 straight 2,000-yard passing/1,000-yard rushing seasons and he did it while elevating the profile of an entire football program at Nevada. Kaepernick’s signature win was over Boise State this past season, a win that his head coach proclaimed was “the most important win in program history.” A few more statistical tidbits on Kaepernick:
— Joined Cam Newton and Tim Tebow as the only QBs in FBS history to throw for 20 TDs and run for 20 TDs in the same season.
— Finished tied with former Nebraska QB and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch for most rushing TD’s in NCAA history by a QB with 59.
— Stands as the only QB in the history of Division I college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4,000 yards in a career.


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33 Responses to “Colin Kaepernick Picking Up Steam Among Prognosticators”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Kappy is better than Newton and Tebow. If a good Qb coach gets their hands on him he could turn out to be great.

  2. By K'net on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    The guy is a winner, like you said he played all four years (starting most of the time, I believe), and he is showing a lot of desire, drive and commitment to become and nfl QB that IMHO means that his desire to learn, play, and win could make him a great prospect. He’s dedicated, mobile, has a good arm, is athletic, a *leader*, and a *winner*. I really wonder why we haven’t heard anything about our organization having him workout, or talking with him, or anything. Colin and Joe are both athletic, eager to learn, mobile, and potentially good team leaders, I’d really like to see them compete for the starting job on our team.

  3. By Parody on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Forgive me for asking, but what is with all the hype on scrambling QBs these days? Is it a new development in the NFL where scramblers are becomming more successful? Or is it just a fad? Or have I simply not seen all the successful scramblers in the history of the NFL?

    I know a few names that have been successful, but it seems to me that the best QBs are almost always the ones who know how to make things happen from inside the pocket.

  4. By allan on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Why not trade down and take Kappy? Add a one or two more draft picks that could be used on a DB, OL, DL, LB.
    The rewards would be great as there are many needs the Vikes need to fill.

  5. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    K’net – I like Colin but because we already have Joe Webb, I think the Vikings probably bring in someone with a different skill set to compete.

    Ryan Mallet in the 2nd round… and sign a free agent like Hasselbeck.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    That could work as long as we select an OLineman in the 1st and 4th rounds.

  7. By Adam on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’d be very happy to have Kaepernick join the Vikings. Especially if he’s available in the second round of the draft. The Vikings biggest need (Safety) can be addressed in round 4. It’s just a shame that it leaves our first rounder to choose between DE, DT, OT, G, C, OLB, and CB. Just way, way too many needs to cover in this draft.

  8. By Unknow on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

  9. By Old School on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Jake Locker………PERIOD!Kid is a hard worker and a quick study! He has a set on him and he can move, which is what you will need with the O-Line that we will have for the next 2 or 3 years. He also has size! We miss him at number 12………then WE MISS…..because he will be that GUY when all of us lok back at this drafy 5 years from now and we are still kicking around the bottom of the NFC North!

  10. By Bigfan1 on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Why wasn’t he even nominated for the Heisman? Of course his team beat one of the candidates in Kellen Moore and Boise State, no easy feat. Did he try out with the Vikings?

  11. By Daniel on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    I still say Luck or Barkley or Pryor or Cousins or Brantley next year.

    Any one of those guys, have a way better skill set and future than ANY of this

    years QB squad. Luck,and Barkley are for sure FRANCHIZE Qbs. Locker is like

    Brady Quinn! Why take him? What do all the scouts say who do this for a

    Living? nothing but questions, questions, questions.

    Same with Mallett. The Guy can throw, but so could Ryan Leaf. Don’t like his

    drug problem and character stinks.

    He has bust written all over him. Did they not bench him last year? Ya, get

    Mallett! Get Locker. Vikings staff! Don’t pull the trigger on these guys! Go big

    on the draft next year! Sell the farm if you have to for Luck. I would take Luck

    over Sam Bradford, and look what Sam has done for the organization.

    This is the perfect year to bring in Luck or Barkley’s Mentor, And get that

    Mentor settled in this year for our Franchize QB. Lets beef up our line and

    D-line in picks 1 and 2. Trade down from 12 and get our third back!

  12. By James on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Trading down to pick up Colin and extra picks put the Vikings years from getting a starter out of this draft.They need a starter at #12 and everyone on TV(just pointing out)say that Locker is only worth a 3rd pick and taking sooner could cost a team.Cam Jordon has a great motor and a nfl blood line or grab OT Smith,both have great value at #12……..S. Williams in 2nd

  13. By Steve on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’d like to see the Vikes trade down and get both of the Patriots 1st round draft choices. You get two starters immediately if you pick wisely.

  14. By Rudso on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Old School, just curious, how many good QBs today in the NFL had an issue with accuracy before they got drafted? I rather us take Kaepernick over Locker but not before Mallet. We can get a 2nd round pick if we trade down to 17 with the Pats or even more picks if we trade down to 28 with them. Unless the Vikings are SOLD on any of these 3 QBs, we should have a really good chance at Mallet or Kaepernick in the late 1st round. I don’t think they will last until our 2nd round pick. In regards to Locker, I’m amazed how so many Viking fans want Locker, some even want him at #12! How do you guys not see the importance of throwing accuracy??? Fine, I get it that he has good work ethic and character. I’m a great guy too and my accuracy sucks, why don’t they pick me? (It’s a joke, but you guys get what I meant).

  15. By Seabass on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m telling you, Mallett is going to be a great starter in the NFL. He has great football IQ, ran a pro-style offense, make line calls, check downs, audibles, he understands the game. The Vikings need to take Mallett in this draft.

  16. By Sean on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    old school i completely agree with you

  17. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Old school, I thought U was not going to blog any more this year. Welcome back.

  18. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings please get line-men befor you get a QB. A young vet is all we need to get back to the play-offs.

  19. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Have fun, I have to go, God bless U-all.

  20. By Meekay on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    I like Kaepernick. I don’t think it would be a terrible idea for the Vikes to draft him. But I wouldn’t take a QB in the first round. If we could get him in the second round, maybe. I’ll still be following him, though, no matter where he lands.

  21. By Daniel on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    There is not that solid Qb in this years draft, no matter how you turn it or look at it. Mallett was benched last year a couple of times! He has a history of bad drug problems, his leadership stinks! Don’t pull the trigger on him Vikes!
    And Locker! This guy reminds me so much of Brady Quinn. How long would we risk very precious time on that prospect. Not just bad acuracy, but just flat out wrong acuracy. NEXT year fellas. I hate waiting too, but lets get a good mentor in to learn the system and Draft Luck or Barkley Next year. Either one of those QBs have franchise written all over them. Bring it Hasslebeck, Bring in Orton, Bring in even Mcnabb! Lets beef up the line on both sides and replace Lieber!

  22. By Thor on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Whoever we have at QB will get killed until we fix the OL. Draft o linemen and try to snare Kolb from the Eagles.

  23. By Steve on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Kaepernick would be a great QB to draft and build around. He has the most upside of any of the prospects. He’s a winner, has a strong arm with more velocity than Mallet, team leader that is also responsible off the fiield. He has the prototypical body for a QB with the mobility to move out of the pocket. He has improved his accuracy every year and had a better completion % as a sr than Peyton Manning did. I would love to see him as a Viking !

  24. By jebdamone on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    this is not a surprise to me at all. from everything i have read and seen, i consider kaepernick one of the best QB prospects in the draft. kid is big, strong, fast, athletic, has a very good arm and has shown to be intelligent and hard working.

  25. By MikeM on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I am from Reno and Kapp is definately worth picking up. Watching him over the past four years I can say there is not a more commited and hard working QB out there. His performance in college is only the beginning for this guy. When his passing was a problem he came back the next year and you just look at his completions. Not working under center in his college career should not be held against him. It didn’t seem to phase him in the senior bowl. Kapp all the way.

  26. By paul on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    He has to many tatoo’s, free agent at best..

  27. By Andres on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    i think that kaepernick would be a great fit in this team cuz this team needs a leader and i know that kaepernick would do so. He lead Nevada to the greatest season that they ever had, and i’m sure that he would do so in the NFL with a great team like the Vikings

  28. By dave on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    its either kaepernick or mallet as franchise quarterbacks this year dont reach for a quarterback though. our line isnt the greatest and we could use that in the first round offensive or defensive or else get prince if hes there

  29. By Hogfan on Apr 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mallet is great quarterback and a leader. His so called drug problem is a mystery to the people of Arkansas. Who are Espn’s sources??? He is loved by the fans. What about his accent??? He grew up amongst black athletes like him. He is a great leader. Just ask his coaches. He is a dedicated football player who loves his game. He was so upset with the loss to Alabama that he spent all of Sunday reviewing film of the game. His coaches had to coax him out of film room. By the way, he never failed a drug test

  30. By Scott Reighard on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    Kaepernick is an interesting prospect, but consider this. If Minnesota drafts Kaepernick, most experts agree that he is 2-3 years away, and with Joe Webb having similar physical skills and a rocket arm, and being a 2-3 year project, what would be the point of taking Kaepernick? I am tired of Minnesota and project QB’s. We went down that road with Jackson and looked how that worked out. If we draft Ponder, Dalton or Locker, we have a starter for the 2012 season, or at the midway point of 2011. I’m just sayin’

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