Originally posted by Otter:I didn't want the team to draft Kaepernick. Didn't play against the best competition in college, played in a gimmick offense, and we knew he'd be a project. I expect him to be a bust. Hope I'm wrong, and I'll gladly eat crow as that would mean the team is winning with him leading. I'm just not hopeful. It was interesting to watch Kaepernick scramble in the preseason games. He would take off and start looking to turn the corner upfield, only to encounter the opposing linebackers. That didn't happen in college, he could outrun the competition. That was a good lesson for him to learn, NFL linebackers are fast.
I'm not sure how Tolzien will work out, probably be another Shaun Hill, effective backup. I was hoping we'd draft Ponder, but knew he wouldn't fall, so my realistic alternative was Stanzi. He's not looking that good either.
I made a point in a different thread that I did not see much (if any) progress from Kaep, game 1 to game 4-wise on pocket-passing discipline vice his urge to tuck the ball in and start scrambling.
We all know from his college days that he is a fine scrambler, but NFL defensive coordinators (and their NFL-level players) WILL make him pass from the pocket.
Until he gets in some playing time during the regular season, the best situation to hone his pocket passing awareness is in preseason games under live conditions. You just dont get that during team practice sessions.
From his rather extensive body of work this preseason, I did not see that developmental progress.
[ Edited by Bluefalcon61 on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM ]