History be damned, Kaepernick a solid option


One of the more interesting notes while I’ve been out with a furlough, vacation time and the like was an item that the Raiders were taking a look at Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Lots of players visit NFL teams and don’t end up there, and occasionally a player will visit several places and be surprised to be taken by a team he didn’t even know was interested.

But the Raiders are at least intrigued enough to take a look at a quarterback who produced at a Cam Newton level as a run-pass quarterback, albeit against lesser competition.

Projecting and developing drafted quarterbacks is one of the worst things the Raiders do as a franchise. Al Davis hasn’t nailed one since 1968, when he took quarterbacks in the first two rounds with second-round pick Ken Stabler (No. 58 overall) quickly surpassing first-round pick Eldredge Dickey (No. 25) and leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl title in addition to winning the Most Valuable Player award.

I like the idea of Kaepernick anyway, because despite all the brave talk, it’s still too soon to assume Jason Campbell is going to be the quarterback who leads the Raiders past .500 and into the post season.

The offensive improvement under Hue Jackson was phenomenal, more than doubling the scoring output and at times looking like one of the most explosive offenses in the league. But it’s a quarterback driven league, and Campbell still has to prove he can be the player who can lead the Raiders to victory on days when the running game isn’t trampling opponents. Campbell’s best days coincided with big rushing days where he properly managed the game and wasn’t forced to be the centerpiece of the offense.

Kaepernick (6-foot-5, 233 pounds) looks as if he could become that kind of player, and although he’s extremely fast (4.53 in the 40-yard dash at the combine) and ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons as a starter, he knows what lies ahead as a professional.

“I don’t think I’ll run as much in the NFL as I did in college,” Kaepernick told reporters at the combine. “ Obviously there are great athletes in the NFL and all of the run 4.4s-4.5s. I think I am going to have the freedom to run, but at the same time my mobility will give the ability to extend plays and convert on some third downs.”

In his player rankings for the NFL Network, talent guru Gil Brandt had Kaepernick as his 58th best player and behind six other quarterbacks _ Blaine Gabbert, Newton, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton.

Mike Mayock, whose talent evaluations are among the best in the business, likened him to Tim Tebow, a first-round pick by Denver last year, except that Kaepernick is faster and with a much stronger arm. But it’s conceivable Kaepernick could be available when the Raiders pick at No. 48.

Of course, the last time the Raiders picked a quarterback in the second round, they got another runner-passer type at No. 59, and Marques Tuiasosopo never turned into the next Rich Gannon. Despite his athleticism, Tuiasosopo did not become good enough NFL passer to flourish.

At the Senior Bowl and during workouts, scouts have seen more touch from Kaepernick than they expected.

“Going into my junior and senior year I really started to develop the idea of throwing the ball so our receivers can make plays after they catch it,” Kaepernick said. “If I give them a easier ball to catch they can catch it, get down field and make some plays.

“ Opposed to in the past, throw it as hard as I could and try to put it on the spot where they might have to fight the ball a little bit to catch it and not be able
to pick up as many yards after the catch.”

A list of the quarterbacks drafted by the Raiders:


JaMarcus Russell 1-1-2007
Andrew Walter 3-69-2005
Ronald Curry 7-235-2002
Marques Tuiasosopo 2-59-2001
Billy Joe Hobert 3-58-93
Todd Marinovich 1-24-1991
Jeff Francis 6-140-1989
Steve Beuerlein 4-110-1987
Rusty Hilger 6-143-1985
Marc Wilson 1-15-1980
Jeb Blount 2-50-1976
David Humm 6-128-1975
Mike Rae 8-205-1973
Eldridge Dickey 1-25-1968
Ken Stabler 2-52-1968


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Gust372

    Tebow is not an NFL QB. You have to wonder what the obsession with him by so many sports fans is all about.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I already know J’s answer, where do you find these guys who make others better? And a fair point, as obviously there is only a handful or so in the whole world.

    But you can’t give up trying to find them, and just throw your hands up and say screw it, Soup it is for 5+ years.

  • Try Cheating

    That time of year again.
    Visions of grandeur. Predictions of glory.

    Oh, and racist BS.

    Some things never change.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I see the point being made about this kidd not playing SEC competition, but don’t forget. Nither did McNair, Big Ben, heck Brady hardly played in the Big 10. Also we can’t forget the most recent Josh Freeman in Tampa.

    Why not?

    I just hope we address the o-line or we may in big trouble.
    97.Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 12th, 2011 at 10:20 am
    Buckeyeraider Says:
    April 12th, 2011 at 7:11 am
    Just when I was getting all excited about the possibility of drafting Colin K, you have to go and call him the Tim Tebow of the west coast. Thanks.


    Happy to help, lol.

    I think Kaepernick has a way stronger arm than Tebow did coming out of college, however Colin wasn’t facing SEC LB’s (like Pain McClain) when he was running all over the field.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I can’t wait to watch DHB next year. He is a beast, one of the best sprinters in the league. LMAO!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I brought up the SEC thing, becauses as a running QB (as both Tebow and Newton are) it is a lot different running against LSU and Alabama as it is New Mexico State and UNLV (Two of Kaepernicks annual opponents).

  • Just Fire Baby


    Kaepernick was adopted by white parents, but his actual ethnicity is half African.

    He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi for crying out loud!!!!

    Think before you type would you??

  • Just Fire Baby

    Colin Kaepernick, half European half African, is pretty much the same ethnicity as our prez.

    But don’t let that get in the way of KoolKell’s race baiting.

  • Try Cheating

    You guys still talking bout Russell?
    JamarcusSlurp russell?

    Kind of nasty, isin’t it?

  • Try Cheating

    I have a question.
    Has RMR gotten a job yet?
    Has KoolKell sold anything this last year?
    Don’t see RMR posts, so all I can assume is he is under another of his multiple monikers.
    And I do see Kell still spending all his waking time sitting on his arse, whining about his lot in life.

    Some things never change.