NFL Draft 2011: Minnesota Vikings To Draft Nevada Quarterback Colin Kaepernick?
As Senior Bowl speculation heats up, many may say that the concept of certain acquisitions are anything but rumors, and indeed they are exactly that. In this case, as in many, rumors can easily become reality in a matter three short months.
University of Nevada product Colin Kaepernick has been nothing short of a great leader the past four seasons for the Wolf Pack, passing for over 10,000 yards and rushing for over 4,000.
He also threw for 82 touchdowns, a combined QB rating of 97.8 and threw 24 interceptions. He ran for an impressive 59 touchdowns in four seasons at Nevada. It should be seen that the Wolf Pack improved their record every season with Kaepernick at the helm.
The 6'5", 23-year-old also doesn't lack any arm strength and definitely showed it off this week at practice for the Senior Bowl. CBS reporter Rob Rang and NFL Network reporter Mike Mayock were raving on Colin's "spectacular" arm strength. He also attended the Manning Quarterback Camp and induced "giggles" from Peyton and Eli over the arm strength he possessed.
According to FOX Sports reporter Adam Caplan, Kaepernick was "the best player on the field in Mobile." He also noted that University of Washington's Jake Locker, another Vikings quarterback draft target, had been considered one of the worst accuracy passers at the Senior Bowl, which may bring Locker down come draft day.
Is Colin Kaepernick a good option to pursue in the 2011 draft for the Minnesota Vikings?
The biggest news Caplan shared was that the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins were the highest on Kaepernick, and understandably so.
Colin, according to Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline, noted that after the Senior Bowl was all said and done, that he would likely land somewhere within the confines of the second round of the draft. With that said, the Dolphins would need to trade for a pick in the second round as they currently don't have one after trading it away to the Denver Broncos for Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Therefore, the Minnesota Vikings hold a distinct advantage having a second round pick (No. 12 in the round, No. 44 overall).
The big question is if the Vikings choose to take that route, what do they do with their first round pick? Many have opted for an offensive line pick-up, but if that's the case, they may be more inclined to trade for later in the first round and possibly get a replacement pick for the "Lost Moss" pick in the third round.
Colin brings a lot to the table for a young guy, but does he belong in purple? What are your thoughts?
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