Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, The Draft Study

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As points out, Kaepernick started his first game in 2007 as a redshirt freshman. You can see the stats here (ESPN).

A few 2010 excerpts:

Nevada went 12-1 in 2010 under Kaepernick’s leadership. I realize that first and foremost this is a team sport, but the QB is the most vital piece of any team.

Kaepernick threw for over 250 yards 5 times, including a game against Boise State.

Kaepernick only had 3 games with less than 10 rush attempts

Kaepernick had 5 games of over 100 yards rushing, including 4 of 148 yards or more

His TD Totals for 2010: 20 passing and 20 rushing

His turnover totals for 2010: 7 INT and 0 fumbles

An excerpt from a Yahoo! article by Doug Farrar:

The only player in NCAA history with more than 4,000 rushing yards and 10,000 passing yards in his collegiate career, Kaepernick has a demon arm that can throw 95-mph fastballs in baseball, and his 4.4 speed is especially impressive given his size (6-foot-5, 233 pounds). Playing in the Pistol offense under Nevada head coach Chris Ault, the lightly-recruited Kaepernick got the hang of the quarterback position in a system that relies much more on play action and traditional rushing concepts than the usual spread option schemes.

I hope you realize that you’re looking at a bigger, stronger, faster version of Pat White. One more tidbit, I have read on multiple articles that Kaepernick has the “potential” to jump way up in the first round and be this years Tyson Alualu. This means he was never ranked as low as most media members had him. It’s funny that the combine drills are almost more for the media than the actual franchises. They’ve watched all the flim. They know who he is.

Kaepernick was originally looked at as a mid to late 2nd round pick. As you saw on the first page, he was just mocked to the Jaguars at pick 16 in the first round. This is all after the football season. He is what he is. He did not change, he simply got exposure. Let’s look at his unique offense and then get some video in.

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  • The Linebacker

    Great analysis.

    • jagtagonist

      thank you. I appreciate it. really

  • The Linebacker

    After watching the videos, I have come away extremely impressed. He’s got great height, great arm strength, great speed (as fast as Matt Jones but looks faster), looks to have great smarts in the backfield, good fake abilities and doesn’t make many stupid mistakes.

    My only quarrels would be, he is going to have to limit the running with those skinny legs. 6’5″ 233 still isn’t big enough in my eyes if he wants to run. If he stays in the pocket and scrambles and remembers to get get down (Manning Style) then he shouldn’t have a problem. I wouldn’t be troubled with taking Kaep in the first.

    • jagtagonist

      I’m with ya on all of that

      I do imagine, however, that he would (in the right system) run mostly on broken plays and have a mostly intermediate passing game.

      I think the 2010 Eagles set the precedence on offense for whomever gets him.

      I’m glad you mentioned the videos, I was thinking about not posting links in future articles. good to know they’re used.

  • Edward

    Another number to help judge how big Kapernicks arm is: 58 mph The speed Flacco threw the ball at the combine.

    • jagtagonist

      I Saw he was the top
      I believe Mallett and Newton were next. It’s outstanding for one to be this high but three? Wow!

      Do you know if it’s true that Cutler was 49?

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