Colin Kaepernick may well be a top passer in the NFL.
That is, if he lands in the right spot.
Recently I wrote an article about why Andy Dalton would be a great option in the first round for the Colts because of the quarterback's work ethic and dedication to the game. You can check it out here.
On the contrary, Colin Kaepernick may just be as dedicated as Dalton, but Kaepernick's love for the game is of a different kind.
Dalton is a cerebral passer, at most comfort sitting in the pocket, cycling through his reads.
Kaepernick, on the contrary, is a scrambling quarterback.
The Nevada product grew as a quarterback in the Pistol system as a member of the Wolf Pack. His mobility at quarterback helped him to become a true dual threat.
This 6'5", 230-pound behemoth is more athletic than his body build may predispose him to be. He ran a quick 4.53 40-yard dash, and Mike Mayock of NFL Network gives him a grade as a better athlete than Tim Tebow coming out of college.
If the Broncos are content to draft Tebow on his athleticism in the first round, surely some team will be sold on Kaepernick before the middle of the second round.
What quarterback would be the best fit for the Bills in the 2011 draft?
The Bills should take him with their second-round pick.
With the franchise currently committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick as the answer for the next couple of years, Kaepernick wouldn't have the pressure to lead a lowly club to glory in his first year.
Because Chan Gailey likes to install concepts of the Pistol offense in his scheme, Kaepernick would have some familiarity with the system.
As opposed to the Patriots or Colts drafting Kaepernick as the heir to the throne, where the young scrambler would be expected to spend countless hours studying his playbook, Kaepernick can have some fun with the Buffalo offense.
With the Bills moving toward a collegiate-style attack, with Chan Gailey and Dave Wannstedt taking over at high positions, Kaepernick would feel at home despite an odyssey across the country.
This is not to say that an NFL quarterback wouldn't have to study a playbook should he be drafted, but I get the sense that Kaepernick would have a general understanding of the reads in Gailey's offense as opposed to the Colts or Patriots attacks.
Kaepernick is truly a special prospect. He has an unrivaled combination of speed, size and arm strength. He is truly an enigma at the position.
Such a prospect need be handled properly, and Kaepernick needs to come into the right system.
That system is Buffalo.
There are no true character concerns that flare with the young quarterback, as his love for the game and dedication is unquestioned among NFL draft evaluators.
On the contrary, quarterbacks like Ryan Mallett (who has Kaepernick's arm but not his legs) and Cam Newton (Kaepernick's legs but not his arm) both have character issues that may rise in a losing situation in Buffalo.
Rather than take a chance on these quarterbacks, Buffalo could use their first-round pick on defense, and in the second round, draft their franchise quarterback.
Kaepernick comes from a non-BCS team and would be better suited to take over on a losing team than a Newton or Mallett would, both of whom have been mocked to the Bills at one time or another.
Some quarterbacks in this draft may have a better future in the league than Kaepernick.
Some may have better makeup.
But no quarterback in this draft is a better candidate to take over the reins in Buffalo.
No quarterback in this draft would be a better Buffalo Bill than Colin Kaepernick.