According to reports coming from NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Collin Kaepernick is sprinting up draft boards due to his play at the Senior Bowl. When asked what it is like to watch this young gun-slinger throw, Mayock said, "It's like watching Nolan Ryan."
Looks like bad news for Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett and even Blaine Gabbert.
Jay Cutler was a stand out during his Senior bowl as was Josh Freeman, which led to their draft stock skyrocketing. Both men seem to be doing just fine in the NFL.
The same could be said for Kaepernick.
In case his name does not ring a bell, he led the Nevada Wolfpack to an upset over then undefeated Boise State. Now is it coming back to you?
Kaepernick flew under the radar due to the lack of TV time his conference receives outside of the Broncos. His 2010 stats were pretty incredible. He finished his senior season with a 64.9 completion percentage to go along with 21 TDs and only eight INTs. Let's not forget that this boy can move outside of the pocket as well. He had 20 rushing TDs on the season as well.
In his career, he finished with 83 total touchdowns and 10,098 total yards. Wow. How was this man not even mentioned before the Senior Bowl?
Even though his competition might have been lacking, he has proven to be an effective, NFL-caliber QB. Over each of his four years with Nevada, Kaepernick has improved his completion percentage, while limiting his mistakes. Even though his stats took a hit his junior season, he came back on a mission in 2010. The same can't be said for Jake Locker, his biggest competition at the Senior Bowl.
Kaepernick could draw comparisons to Michael Vick because of his extreme athleticism. His ability to make plays with his feet is second-to-none. In 2010, he eclipsed 100-yards rushing five times. Not to mention he scored more than two TDs on the ground six times.
Now that he has an audience, Kaepernick is really showcasing his abilities and scouts are salivating. He doesn't come with an injury history or character concerns that Ryan Mallett is showing and outperformed Jack Locker this season.
With wheels and a cannon, NFL coaches could be looking at their franchise QB.
Don't be surprised if Collin Kaepernick is posing for a picture with Rodger Goodell early on draft day.