The NFL Network is back with their yearly rankings of the players from last season. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was voted No. 81 overall last season. The ranking was surprisingly low, but when factoring in all of the players in the NFL, the number is not as bad as it seems.
The whole list has yet to be decided, but rumblings have been created due to Kaepernick’s status on the list. NFL players around the league cast the votes for this list, so that adds a little more credibility to the list. When doing any type of ranking system there will always be disgruntled individuals who feel that they should be higher on the list.
I am pretty sure Kaepernick feels as if he was ranked too low, but the only person who can change that is Kaepernick himself. The players that he goes up against on a weekly basis placed him in that position, so it’s up to him to change their view of his play on the field.
Looking at the big picture, last season was Kaepernick’s first full season as a starting quarterback, and he finished the season with 3,197 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns. The numbers may seem modest when comparing him to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, but Kaepernick put up perfect numbers for the way that last year’s 49ers team was built.
Rankings are always a crap shoot, and in Kaepernick’s case it only adds more fuel to the fire to become a better player. Can you name 80 players better than Kaepernick currently in the NFL? As you sit and think about it, I’ll cue up the jeopardy theme music before you make your selections.