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Colin Kaepernick QB #10, Nevada


Colin Kaepernick  QB #10, Nevada   6-6, 220 Sr.

Known for operating out of the “Pistol offense,” he has beaten numerous opposing defenses with his arm and his legs. The fourth-year starter has improved steadily each season.

While leading the Wolf Pack to a 4-0 record, and convincing victories over Cal and BYU, he's proven  that his team is in fact for real, and in the process has even gained some steam as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Against California, Kaepernick ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 181 yards and two more TDs. The Bears had the No. 1 defense in the country through the first two games of the season (160 yards allowed per game).

Then it happened, on Nov 26th, Nevada beat Boise State, who had not lost a regular-season game since 2007, Nevada would go on to  finish 12-1 before facing Boston College on Jan  6th.

Passing Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season

TEAM

G

ATT

COMP

YDS

INT

TDS

SACKED

RATING

2007-08

Nevada

11

247

133

2175

3

19

17

150.8

2008-09

Nevada

13

383

208

2849

7

22

16

132.1

2009-10

Nevada

13

282

166

2052

6

20

13

139.1

2010-11

Nevada        

13

326    

213

2830

7

20

154.2

 

Rushing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season

TEAM

G

ATT

YDS

TDS

 

 

 

 

2007-08

Nevada

11

105

593

6

 

 

 

 

2008-09

Nevada

13

161

1130

17

 

 

 

 

2009-10

Nevada

13

161

1183

16

 

 

 

 

2010-11

Nevada

13

164

1184

20 

 

 

 

 

Pros:

Colin Kaepernick is the only player in NCAA history to throw for 2000 yards and rush for 1000 yards in the same season for an amazing third consecutive year. He has amazing speed (4.5 range) and his ability to escape danger ranks up with the best.

His legs are without a doubt his best asset, he’s an extremely long strider with  deceptive speed, and his ability to escape danger ranks up with the best.

The thing that maybe I think is the most remarkable piece to the puzzle with him is how durable he is. He doesn't look like an incredibly durable guy physically, but he's never hurt.

Cons:

His arm has drawn a lot of criticism.  His mechanics need to be fine tuned at the next level.

His wind-up takes a while, as he brings the ball from a low angle, almost his hip.  Kaepernick’s side arm release at 6-feet-6-inches tall is of little concern.

The problem is how the ball is released from his grip. Rarely does the Nevada signal caller spin the ball with a tight release.

Balls will have issues getting to their targets if not thrown with more consistent spin.  That may not matter in the WAC, but the NFL is a whole different game.

Second concern is his running style, despite the amount of rushing attempts seen in college without injury, Kaepernick, a long and lean prospect, is completely upright when he takes off from the pistol, and will receive plenty of vicious blows from NFL defenders.

Colin Kaepernick plays in an offense that relies HEAVILY on the run. Last year, he teamed with Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua to become the first backfield trio in NCAA history to each rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season

He plays in the pistol offense, which had a brief stint in the NFL with the Tyler Thigpen led Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, but we all know how that worked out...

Thoughts:

Nevada was the only F.B.S. team to offer Kaepernick a scholarship

Kaepernick is only the second F.B.S. player with > 8,000 passing yards (9906) and > 4,000 rushing yards (4090), joining the former Missouri star, and current NY Jet Brad Smith.

ESPN analyst Bill Curry once called Kaepernick "the best young freshman quarterback I have ever seen in my life", named the WAC Freshman of the Year.

Was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, also developed a 94-mile-per-hour fastball.

I could see 2 different paths for Colin Kaepernick. Path 1: He is a similar QB to Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans, maybe he spells the starting QB and has a gimmick offense built around him.

Path 2: He makes the move to WR, similar to Brad Smith.

Projected Round:

Colin Kaepernick should be picked in the mid rounds regardless of his position. 4th  round is my prediction.


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