Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
1) Alex Smith - for now and we will see how it goes this season under the direction of Harbaugh.
2) Scott Tolzien - when he learns the playbook. He doesn't even know it right now. So of course he is at a disadvantage. But when he does it's obvious he has more pocket presense and accuracy than Kaep.
3) Colin Kaepernick - If his preseason wasn't enough to convince you he can't do anything right now in the NFL I don't know what to say. A pure physical specimin who needs about 2 years on the bench to brought up to speed. Don't expect anything at all from him in 2011 and probably not 2012 either.
I agree with most of what you're saying, but I think Kaepernick's obvious struggles are not a sure sign he can't play in the NFL. Josh Freeman is probably one of the most comparable QBs in the NFL, and he looked awful as a rookie. I remember a lot of people on laughing about what a bust he was. But it turns out that when the Bucs gave someone with that physical skill set the time to adapt to the NFL, they were rewarded with a truly talented player.
So yes, right now Tolzien looks way more like an NFL QB. And could certainly also continue to improve with more time in the NFL. I'm super happy about the signing.
But don't write Kaepernick off yet.