Too much of "Kaep is better than Wilson cause he's taller" from you Niner fans......So, you're arguing that Kaep is taller than Wilson so that gives Kaep the edge?
You know that their combine results were almost identical, don't you? Kaep had a 0.02 edge in the 40 and was better at the 3-cone drill than Wilson by 0.12. But Wilson was faster in the 20-yard shuttle by 0.09 and Wilson had more explosive lower body performance than Kaep, besting Kaep in both the broad jump and vertical jump.
I'm sure that Kaep has a stronger arm than Wilson. But Wilson has plenty of arm strength to make every throw. And Kaep's arm strength has sometimes hurt him on the short passing game.
People throw out "Kaep's immense upside and apparent physical gifts" without stating what that means, precisely. Maybe I could buy your argument if you presented some insight into what that means, specifically. Until then, you are blowing smoke. The only significant difference between the two is that Kaep is taller than Wilson. But to date, I have not seen evidence that has hurt Wilson's game. Have you?
Also, when folks talk about upside, they don't really clarify exactly why they believe that a certain player has this reservoir of untapped talent. My guess is that when comparing Wilson and Kaepernick, Kaep's upside is a euphemism for "he's taller than Wilson." I'll grant that. But I really want someone to demonstrate based on performance measures how Wilson has been unable to succeed because he does not have the prototypical QB height.
Based on performance measures at the combine, both QBs are essentially equal in their physical abilities. Kaep was just a little faster in two of three drills (40, 3-cone) while Wilson was a little faster in another drill (20-yard shuttle) and had more explosive lower body performance (broad jump, vertical jump). At the NFL level, they both were absolutely stellar in the last half of the season. Since Kaep got to ride the pine for 1.5 years, learning the playbook and getting some game experience before he became the starter while Wilson had to play from day 1 without mastery of the playbook, comparing performance at the end of the season seems more than fair. And Wilson was actually a little better than Kaep at the end of the season in passer rating and QBR. So, I'm left to wonder how it is that folks see any more upside for Kaep than for Wilson.
As far as intangibles (personal drive, team leadership), Kaep has been lauded. After all, he only took one week off after the SB before he was back preparing for the 2013. Oh, but Wilson was in the day after the Seahawks lost to the Falcons, breaking down game film. Seahawk coaches had to tell him that he needed to take time off. And why did it take Kaep a whole 1.5 years to become the starting QB, especially when he was a 2nd round pick and only had to beat out the incumbent. Wilson, the 3rd round pick, pushed his way to the front past before the end of preseason passing two QBs along the way. I guess that makes Kaepernick the slacker, right? (You know I'm kidding on this, right?) For SF fans who are a little challenged, that is sarcasm in calling Kaep a slacker. The point is that no one works harder than Wilson at his craft.
So don't go mushy about Kaep's week 1 performance at home against a team that is not know for playing defense. Wilson put up really great numbers (76% completion rate and 320 yards) playing on the road in a 10 am game against a team that does have a good defense. Pretty damn good!
[ Edited by DrHawkingThe12th on Sep 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM ]