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The Next Aaron Rodgers: Colin Kaepernick?

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Fans of the San Francisco 49ers are taking a closer look than most at the quarterback class of 2011 because their team really needs a quarterback. Niners Nation is no exception, and while looking at Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, they compared him to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. From Niners Nation:

Last month after Drew put together his 50 in 50 scouting report on Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, I received an email from Dave-Te' Thomas, the official researcher and draft biographer for the NFL...

I'm bringing him up now because a while back I had mentioned an individual referring to Kaepernick as a taller Aaron Rodgers.

At the 50 in 50 link, there is a long video of his highlights last season at Nevada. I can see what he means in that Kaepernick can throw accurately on the run, can move around to give his teammates a chance to get open, and doesn't seem to panic on a play. The same can be said of Rodgers, but the same can be said of many successful quarterbacks in the NFL.

Kaepernick's throwing motion needs a lot of work, and isn't ready for the NFL. He cocks it back too far so that it takes a little longer to release. But that is something he can improve on, and he appears to be an accurate passer. I'm not convinced he'll be a successful starting NFL quarterback, however there should be a place in the league for him and he should be given a chance to compete for a starting job in the next couple of years.