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49ers Move Up To Grab Kapernick At 36; Is The Nevada Gunslinger Smith’s Replacement?

Miami Was Considering Kaepernick At #15

The 49ers acquired Denver’s second-round pick (36th overall). The Broncos get the 49ers’ second-round pick (No. 45), fourth-round pick (No. 108) and fifth-round pick (No. 141).

NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on Colin Kaepernick:

Height: 6-4 5/8 | Weight: 233 | 40-Time: 4.53

• Excellent size with prototypical height and good bulk
• Outstanding natural athleticism, speed and agility
• Extremely strong arm and can make all of the throws
• Elusive and a dangerous threat to make plays with feet
• Escapes pocket pressure and makes throws on the run
• Is competitive and a leader with a fantastic work ethic
• Super productive and has a ton of playing experience
• Might also be able to play another position in pros

• Will have to refine footwork and throwing mechanics
• Too eager to give up on a pass and take off running
• Touch, timing and accuracy are all merely average
• Takes chances and not always a great decision maker
• Didn’t work under center or go through progressions

A four-year starter and team captain for the Wolfpack — Named 1st Team All-WAC and WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 — Also ran for 4,090 yards (6.9 avg.) and 59 touchdowns — Only player in college football history to rush for 4,000 yards and throw for 9,000 yards in a career — Only player to ever rush for 1,000 yards and throw for 2,000 yards in three consecutive seasons — Broke Ian Johnson’s Western Athletic Conference record for career rushing touchdowns — Tied Eric Crouch’s NCAA record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback — Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 43rd Round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft — Could also get some looks as a wide receiver prospect — Played in Chris Ault’s “Pistol Offense”, which padded stats but didn’t really prepare him for the next level — Better college player than pro prospect and is still more of an athlete than quarterback — Intriguing developmental signal caller who is far from a finished product and  will require some work and patience.

Russ’ Take: Still like Alex Smith at QB.  Give him another chance to start and lead the 49ers in ’11.  With Kaepernick, he’s an intriguing prospect.  No doubt, the sky’s the limit for him.  Possesses all the physical attributes and qualities you would like in a QB.  However, can he adjust to the pros?  Can he become the man on Sundays?

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