Originally posted by PTulini: I told you all that Kaepernick was the guy I thought Harbaugh was targeting!! Colin is his new pet project!
Feel so much better with Harbaugh picking a QB. I hope Kaepernick develops and turns out to be one hell of a QB. I just hope that the team is patient with him the way they should have been with Smith.
Definitely. I get the impression that Harbaugh is very, very thorough and spent a lot of time determining which QB we should take. Trading up for him is a sign that Harbaugh felt pretty strongly about him and didn't want to chance him being off of the board.
This is what Harbaugh was brought in to do. I'm excited about the future.
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers: 49ers made a solid pick, anyone know what they gave up to move ahead by 10 spots?
They swapped 2nd round picks and they gave up a 4th and 5th rounders.
I'm surprised they gave up so much to get this guy. Seems desperate. Scouting reports say he is very raw and a development project. Now, maybe in the hands of Harbaugh that will pay big dividends a couple years down the line, but that seems like an awfully steep price. All we needed, IMO, is an accurate passer who can distribute the ball. This guy is one of those runner/passer hybrids.
He is an accurate passer with very good arm strength. The only guy with a higher ceiling than Kaepernick at QB was Cam Newton, but Newton also has more bust potential. I am very happy with this pick and giving up a 4th and 5th isn't too much to pay for a potential franchise QB. If he wasn't a QB, I might question the trade-up, but this was obviously a huge need and, like I said, I'm almost positive Arizona was going to take him with the next pick.
Well, I hope you're right about that, but the ESPN breakdown is not as glowing. Strong leadership, strong arm, yes. But his accuracy is ranked average and he is ranked below average in intelligence/decision making, citing that he comes from the Pistol offense in the WAC that has very simplistic reads.
Harbaugh also had no issues with Kaepernick's elongated throwing motion, which some have said was a reason why he'd be a poor fit in Harbaugh's West Coast offense. Kaepernick has been working to shorten his throwing motion since Nevada's season ended. "Coach Harbaugh was actually the first coach to tell me it looked good," Kaepernick said. "I think he was worried about whether I get the ball out quickly or not. When he told me that, I was very excited about it."
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