Colin Kaepernick‘s physical tools are scary as he provides a combination of Cam Newton, RG III and Andrew Luck. When the San Francisco 49ers, unleashed the full power of their zone read-option attack in the playoffs, Kaepernick was unstoppable. Big-armed, accurate, athletic freaks who break 50-yard TD runs don’t grow on trees. If you want to wait to take a quarterback on draft day, Kaepernick should still be there in the fourth or fifth round, maybe later.
Of course there is a downside. Last year Kaepernick caught the league by surprise; not only were opposing defenses not ready for his skill set, but the league is still trying to figure out the zone-read option and the pistol formation. With an offseason to study and prepare, the zone-read may not be as lethal.
Running quarterbacks also expose themselves to injury. Kaepernick’s frame is certainly more durable than an RGIII or Mike Vick, but with 250 pound men running a 4.5 flying around you, an injury can occur at any moment, regardless of durability. It will also be interesting to see how willing coach Jim Harbaugh is to expose his young QB, especially without a reliable backup waiting in the wings given Alex Smith‘s departure to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kaepernick’s upside is downright scary. If you extrapolate his numbers for a full season (he only started seven games last year) he would have had 3,675 yards passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 23 passing TD, and five rushing TD. Those stats would have made Kaepernick the eighth rated fantasy QB last year.
If Colin Kaepernick were stock, I’d tell you to buy now, because the price will be very high by the end of the season.