NFL Offseason: Who Is Going to Be the Next on-Field Tim Tebow?

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 1:   Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball from the pocket against the San Diego Chargers during their preseason NFL Game on September 1, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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As Tim Tebow continually hauls in worldwide attention off the field, his on-field play certainly drags in notice.

To say the least, he is unconventional. He struggles to complete throws but is a powerful and talented runner. The next Tebow has yet to emerge, but one backup has more than enough potential to be as good, if not better, than the Jets' newly acquired quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick was phenomenal in college. While at Nevada, he operated out of the pistol offense, one very similar to the spread-option scheme, which Tebow perfected while playing at the University of Florida.

Kaepernick isn't nearly as powerful as Tebow but is faster and has far more accuracy than No. 15. If you look at his college game tape, he is a blur through the interior and exterior of the bloodied trenches. He makes quick and smart decisions.

The quarterback is 6'5" and over 230 pounds, so he has a similar body to the one of Tebow. He's more conventional when it comes to throwing, but he possesses just as much explosiveness on the ground.

Like Tebow, Kaepernick would be a great package player this season. As the 2011 36th pick overall proceeds his NFL career, he should definitely see an increase in his playing time. I am completely shocked that Kaepernick isn't competing for a starting job.

The San Francisco 49ers just signed QB Josh Johnson, which means Kaepernick now will have to fight for the second-string spot. The Niners should look to develop a package for Kaepernick for now, as that seemingly is the short-term solution for getting the QB some playing time.