I love Colin Kaepernick.
He has tremendous athleticism, a strong arm and confidence. As a Green Bay Packers fan, he reminds me quite a bit of Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback many fans of the San Francisco 49ers wanted the team to select instead of the one Kaepernick replaces, Alex Smith.
As one who has watched Smith get trashed by fans, I have frequently come to his defense. After Jim Harbaugh was hired, I stated that it was more nurture than nature that made the difference in the success of those QBs: Rodgers was put into a position to succeed while Smith was set up to fail.
But there are biases running both ways. After all, Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, within 50 miles of which I spent 95 percent of the first three-plus decades of my life.
Kaepernick is clearly ahead of schedule, and his role as the franchise QB of the future is at hand. There are 20 NFL teams for whom he would be an upgrade over their current starter.
But the 49ers should not be one of them. Here are the top five reasons why...