Why Colin Kaepernick should start and Alex Smith should walk

While I’m not stating the following post WILL happen, I do believe there remains the possibility of it becoming reality, not matter how slim.

The 49ers moved up in the 2nd round of last year’s draft to select Colin Kaepernick with the 36th (2nd/4th) overall selection. He is a West Coast-type athlete from the University of Nevada, leading his team to a 13-win season as a senior and one of a nearly empty list of college quarterbacks who have thrown for 10,000 yards and rushed for 4,000 in their college careers. Additionally, he became only the third quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Colin was drafted 1 pick behind Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 Nevada
2007 Nevada 247 133 53.8% 2,175 19 3
2008 Nevada 383 208 54.3% 2,849 22 7
2009 Nevada 282 166 58.9% 2,052 20 6
2010 Nevada 359 233 64.9% 3,022 21 8
College Totals 1,271 740 58.2% 10,098 82 24


As I posted yesterday, Alex Smith may decide not to come back to San Francisco to claim the 3-year $24 million dollar contract that has been on the table for weeks now. Alex wanted a 5-year deal, which is why he hasn’t been signed, and is another reason why the 49ers brought in Peyton Manning. 49ers owner Jed York states that the deal is still on the table if Smith chooses to go for it.

It wasn’t bad with Alex Smith last year, as he threw for 3,150 yards and 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions as San Francisco went 13-3 to win its first division title since 2002.

With a year of development under head coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who has a tremendous track record developing players at the position, Kaepernick should only be getting better as a quarterback. While he may not quite be ready to lead a team to the Super Bowl, he should be successful and prepared when he is called upon as a starting quarterback, even if that is for the championship-contending 49ers in the upcoming season.

The offer for Alex Smith is $8 million for each of the next 3 years. The 49ers can take that money, and their 30th overall first-round pick, and grab Mike Wallace from the Steelers. See this post. That would give San Francisco 4 receiver threats not including an additional two from their tight-end position, or any additionals out of the backfield from the rushers.

Colin Kaepernick has the arm strength, the decision making, the foot speed, and he’s young enough for Jim Harbaugh to mold into the next coming of Steve Young.

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)