2011 NFL Draft Grades: Did the San Francisco 49ers Need to Trade for Kaepernick?
Kaepernick Goes At No. 36, But Did The 49ers Need to Give Up That Much For Him?
The San Francisco 49ers get a grade of C- for their trade up and then selection of Colin Kaepernick at No. 36 in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Kaepernick is the new member of the 49ers, but that came with a cost.
San Fran traded their Nos. 45, 108 and 14q picks for a quarterback who is only a developmental project that won’t see much playing time for at least a year or two.
Kaepernick will now play under new head coach Jim Harbaugh and will fight for playing time with Troy Smith and Alex Smith.
Smith was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft but hasn’t lived up to expectations the club had for him and is now an unrestricted free agent this summer with the possibility of being resigned by the team.
If Smith is out of the picture, the starting QB job will be up to Troy Smith or Kaepernick causing for some anxiety if you’re a San Fran fan.
Because of the new uncertainty surrounding the teams starting QB and the fact they gave up three different picks for Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers get a C- for their No. 36 overall pick.
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|1. Carolina Panther: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn||17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado|
|2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, LB, Texas||18. San Diego Chargers: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois|
|3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama||19. New York Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska|
|4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia||20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa|
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Petertson, CB, LSU||21. Cleveland Browns (from Kansas City): Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor|
|6. Atlanta Falcons (from Cleveland): Julio Jones, WR, Alabama||22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College|
|7. San Francisco 49ers: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri||23. Philadelphia Eagles: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor|
|8. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, QB, Washington||24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan, DE, California|
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC||25. Seattle Seahawks: James Carpenter, OG, Alabama|
|10. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Washington): Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri||26. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta): Jonathan Baldwin, WR, PITT|
|11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin||27. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado|
|12. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB, FSU||28. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama|
|13. Detroit Lions: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn||29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin|
|14. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina||30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple|
|15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida||31, Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State|
|16. Washington Redskins (from Jacksonville): Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue||32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss. State|
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