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Draft Rewind: 49ers' Five-Year Recap
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Best choice: Colin Kaepernick, QB, 2011 second round. There were other strong candidates, for sure. Finding a franchise quarterback in the second round strikes me as more impressive than, say, finding an elite pass-rusher (Aldon Smith) early in the first. Let's not forget about NaVorro Bowman, either. Some might warn against anointing Kaepernick as a franchise quarterback following only 10 starts. That is a fair point, but not a compelling one after Kaepernick played a leading role in getting San Francisco to its first Super Bowl since the 1994 season. Kaepernick's numbers through 10 career starts are the best in the NFL over the past five seasons, at least. No quarterback since 2008 can match Kaepernick in yards per attempt (8.9) or Total QBR (81.2) through his first 10 starts (counting playoffs). That's a strong indication Kaepernick is here to stay...

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