I would be shocked if the Patriots did not trade this pick. A team looking for a quarterback in the second round could move into the bottom of the first round to select their quarterback of the future.
The 49ers could just be that team. The Patriots and the 49ers have been trade partners in a similar situation before when they drafted Joe Staley number 28th overall in 2007. The 49ers would most likely give the Patriots their Round 2 and one of theirRound 4 picks to move up.
At first I was a little skeptical about taking him this early but maybe the 49ers might see another team taking him before they pick in the second round.
I've watched Kaepernick a few times in person when he played at UNR and there is no doubt that he is as athletically gifted as any quarterback in this draft.
He is probably as athletically gifted as Cam Newton but where Cam has filled out his frame, unless he turns into Jamarcus Russell, it would not hurt Colin if he added about 10 to 15 lbs of muscle.
The problems that I have with Colin are his accuracy and the fact that he did play in the Pistol offense. Harbaugh may believe that he can fix these issues and it looks like Colin would be an excellent protégé. The guy knows how to work and is smart enough to coach up.
Now it wouldn't surprise me if Alex Smith, or another veteran quarterback, is signed to a one year contract to allow whomever the 49ers draft to sit on the bench one year to learn.