Originally posted by OnTheClock:Originally posted by JDeezy:
I'm very encouraged after hearing about this yesterday and well as today. We often discuss the top picks, but there are certainly sleepers who make a difference. This allows us to fill a need at 7 if Harbaugh doesn't like the other QB's there. We don't have to reach for a quarterback. He can evaluate middle round talent well and mold that talent. We can take a Prince Amukamara or Marcell Dareus, Akeem Ayers, someone of that ilk at 7 and look at other guys. Anyone have an opinion of Devlin, does he fit as a WCO quarterback or is he not mobile enough?
Devlin struggles under pressure and hesitates to make decisions under duress. Probably the reason he only had three picks this year is because he just won't throw it. He'll take the sack or barely get it off just about every time. He operates highly out of the shotgun or the pistol formation.
That said, throwing the ball, he's downright stellar. He makes his reads fast and has pinpoint accuracy when he has time. It's just.. with our line? I don't know I'd want to throw him back there. His mobility though -- while he's not stonelegged, he's not very quick either. Seems stiff when he has to shift in the pocket. I also question his leadership abilities. I didn't see much fire out of him at all last night when they needed a drive to win.
I rate Colin Kaepernick as a much better option. Higher competition, outstanding leader, huge arm, great running ability to escape the pressure, and in Nevada's pistol set, it's a slightly easier transition to being behind center than from straight-up shotgun, because the back is behind you. Kaeper takes pretty good care of the ball as well as far as INT's. I'll be focusing on how he protects it when he runs in their bowl game tomorrow - Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at 9 EST.
Glad to see there is another Kaepernick supporter in this thread. Statistically he is a monster and probably just as athletic as Newton or Denard Robinson. That is a good point about the Pistol formation setting him up for a smoother transition to the pros. I'll be watching that game as well.
A small disclaimer for me is that I am completely against the idea of drafting a QB at #7 and that we should go for the best of Amukamara, Miller or Quinn. With every QB in this year in this draft class having fairly massive question marks attached we should take the most skilled impact player on defense first, and then look at where guys like Kaepernick and Dalton are slated to go and even if it means reaching a round earlier we need to make sure we snag one of them up. Stanzi is not that mobile and does not have a very big arm and the last post said it that Devlin could get crucified behind a suspect OL. Definitely making my two favorite QBs in the middle rounds Dalton and Kaepernick.
[ Edited by sfout on Jan 8, 2011 at 19:31:18 ]