We'll continue our series of articles geared towards possible QB options for the Tennessee Titans in April's NFL Draft by taking a look at Colin Kaepernick.
Colin's been a pretty popular guy in NFL Draft conversations as of late. Once considered a solid option for the Tennessee Titans at pick #39, there's been recent speculation that Kaepernick could be picked at the end of the first round.
If he's still available in round two, I'd like to see the Titans take a chance on the former Nevada signal-caller.
Why the Titans should draft him
If the Titans are looking for a raw but talented QB prospect who after a year or two of development, could turn into a pretty good signal-caller, than Colin's their guy.
He has a rare combination of size (6'5" 233 lbs) athletic ability and a strong throwing arm and unlike another physically gifted QB prospect we recently evaluated (Ryan Mallett) lacks the red flags that could get in the way of him realizing his vast potential.
I love how Kaepernick moves around in the pocket and I'm also extremely impressed with his ability to throw on the run. For the icing on the cake, he's also viewed as a great leader in the huddle and has the intangibles the Titans are looking for in a franchise QB.
Why the Titans should pass
The only negatives I've seen surrounding Kaepernick's transition from college to the pros is the time it may take to develop his talents. His throwing motion has also scrutinized, but that's a skill-set that can be developed through hard-work and solid coaching on the NFL level.
Kaepernick is the ideal development prospect who could learn his trade while the veteran QB the Titans will acquire through free agency/trade holds down the fort.
However, there's certainly a chance that due to his impressive pre-draft workouts, Colin may not be available when the Titans are on the clock in the 2nd round.
If he's still on the board and the team has already passed on a quarterback in the first round, if I'm GM Mike Reinfeldt, Colin's my guy at pick #39.
Despite some of the chatter we have heard over the last month or so I'd be shocked if Kaepernick was gone before the Titans pick in the second round. Of the top 7 QBs in this draft, he seems to have the furthest to go before he could become a quality starter in the NFL. From his wind up throw to his experience in a pistol offence, I think Karpernick is a 2 to 3 year project. In a normal year, where most teams would have already filled their QB need through free agency, I doubt he would go before the end of the third round. It is not a normal year, however, and he will probably be gone in the first 50 picks. If Locker, Ponder or (perhaps even) Dalton is available at 39, I would probably hope the Titans take one of them before Kaepernick. If Mallett is the only one of the top-7 QBs on the board, then it depends on the type of offence the Titans are running next year and the years after that. If it is the Heimerdinger vertical pocket-passing offence, then Mallett might be the guy. If it is a short passing game that relies on roll outs and bootlegs, then Kaepernick is probably the guy. There are so many flaws with each of the 7 top QBs in the draft that I just hope that one of the QBs who is left at 39 is one that Palmer thinks he can work with in his offence.