Probably the best quarterback ever to come out of Nevada, Kaepernick was a two-time WAC Offensive Player of the Year and is the only player in the history of college football history to rush for 4,000 yards and throw for 9,000 yards.
The 6'5", 233-pound Kaepernick has a huge, accurate arm combined with great athleticism. A dual threat with his arm and legs as an amateur—he became just the 10th quarterback in NCAA history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons—Kaepernick could take some time feeling at home in a pro-style offense.
Says Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com:
“A significant amount of Kaepernick's jaw-dropping production at Nevada has to be credited to [coach Chris] Ault's offense, ‘Kap’ answered any questions about his own talent with an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl and in subsequent workouts at the combine and his pro day. At 6'5", 233 pounds, Kaepernick has the ideal height and rare athleticism for the position. He isn't as agile escaping pressure as one might think for a quarterback who ran for over 4,000 yards and 59 touchdowns in college and timed at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but can make defenses pay for not accounting for his ability to run.”
Aside from his style, the one hang-up scouts had was Kaepernick’s “elongated” throwing motion which can, on occasion, tip off defenders.
He doesn't seem to be pro ready, which suggests that the 49ers will likely give yet another shot to Alex Smith behind center. But if Kaepernick is able to grow into more of a pro-style QB within a year or two, he could turn out to be a decent selection here.
Draft grade: C