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Baalke’s Film Review: Colin Kaepernick

Posted by Taylor Price on May 16, 2011 – 9:13 AM



The 49ers’ second-round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft made waves more than once last week.

On Friday, it was reported that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick underwent a minor procedure on his lower left leg. The news came one day after general manager Trent Baalke spoke positively to reporters about Kaepernick’s chances of becoming a talented pro signal caller.

The 49ers were aware of Kaepernick’s lingering injury and remain confident that the 6-foot-5, 233-pounder will be ready for the 2011 NFL season.

But when examining Baalke’s comments last Thursday and in previous interviews, it’s clear that the 49ers view Kaepernick as a player they believe in.

For one, Baalke and the 49ers were enthused by Kaepernick’s size, dubbing it, “pro stature.”

“That’s what you’re looking for in the position,” the general manager noted.

With size, Kaepernick is able to make a variety of throws from multiple arm angles. “He’s got a big time arm,” said Baalke while breaking down a few of Kaepernick’s collegiate throws.

In one example, Kaepernick took a snap in Nevada’s “Pistol offense” (which begins with a shortened shotgun snap), surveyed the field to his left, looked back to his right and then anticipated an opening in the defense by throwing a ball to an uncovered receiver between multiple defenders.

“If you can’t make this throw in the NFL,” Baalke said, “You can’t play long.”

It was the type of throw that required, accuracy, arm strength and good decision-making – all the things Baalke and the 49ers wanted in a quarterback.

In addition, Kaepernick can be a dual-threat at the position as well.

Having been the only NCAA player to throw for more than 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards, Baalke said the 49ers won’t ignore those skills and that teams will have to prepare for quarterback-designed runs. If anything, it’s just another facet opposing defenses will have to spend time preparing to stop.

Baalke later asked the room of reporters, “Who’s to say we’re not going to have him in the pistol?”

Because Kaepernick’s not afraid to use his 4.5, 40-yard dash speed, it wasn’t out of the question to see the athletic quarterback throw on the move.

Baalke said it’s what makes Kaepernick such a special player.

On one of Kaepernick’s highlights, he avoided a pass rusher in the backfield, and then rifled a laser pass down the left sideline while escaping to his left.

“If you’ve ever tried to do it,” Baalke said of throwing on the run,” It’s a hard thing to do.”

Baalke said the 49ers are comfortable with Kaepernick’s release, but will work with him on protecting the football in the pocket. The team will also work on developing Kaepernick’s drop-back ability in the pocket.

Tuesday on Goal Posts, we’ll examine Baalke’s comments on South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver.



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13 Responses to “Baalke’s Film Review: Colin Kaepernick”

  1. By sf49erfanfolife_42 on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    ALRIGHT COLIN!!!!! TIME TO THROW DARTS!!!!!! ALL OVER THE FIELD!!!! YES SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO NINERS!!!!!!!

  2. By Richard Sell on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with our general manager and our new coach, I wanted Colin long before the draft. I thought he was the best in my opinion and as far as coming from a smaller school, well I remember we coach walsh brung in a guy from a lil place called mississippi valley state. That worked out pretty good for us!

  3. By Mike Bartkowski on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Go Niners!!!! THat’s all we need is a great qb.

  4. By Chris Nolden on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    I’m all for this guy and I know nothing about him other than the things I’ve heard after the draft. Now make my day an get rid of Alex Smith!

  5. By HW1 on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    I am so ready to see this guy play football in a niners uniform!

  6. By Ernie on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    There’s also the fact he has won BIG GAMES (BOISE) in come from behind fashion!

  7. By jason on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like the new couch is doing good. Maybe the new drafted qb is going to make it .

    GO 49NINERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By originalsteelcurtain on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Steeler fan here…I think Kaepernik has the most upside of any QB in this draft not named Cam Newton. Great 2nd Rd pick 49ers. He may struggle in 2011, but he will be a star some day…reminds me of Josh Freeman.

  9. By 49er Fathful Frank on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Colin has all the tools needed to be a star. With a little guidance from Harbaugh, his learning curve should be limited. Looks like we got a winner here 9er Nation! I can’t wait to get back to glory. Lets go Niners, the talent and coaching is there! We’re behind you! Time for a playoff run!!!

  10. By 49er Faithful Frank on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Colin looks to have all the measurables. Size, speed, arm strength, accuracy, and a gritty, successful history. With Harbaugh manning the helm, the learning curve should be minimal. The sky is the limit! Its time to return to prominance. We have the talent, coaching, and support of the enitre Niner Nation! Time for a playoff run!!!

  11. By London Niner on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I really hope he’s a success for us in the long run.

    Then the whole 49er faithful can flip Michael Lombardi the bird…HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By Jim on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    My only concern is the offensive line must improve. Otherwise it will not matter who is QB.

  13. By junior garcia on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Nevada is an underated school colin did something tim tebow michael vick and vince young never did. Did anyone see us (nevada) take out #3 boise state last year? we can thank collin for that! niners 4 life!

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