A league source tells PFT that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been invited to Radio City Music Hall for the 2011 NFL draft.
The story was first reported by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. According to La Canfora, Kaepernick “continues to merit first-round consideration,” and is the subject of “first-round buzz” roughly two weeks away from the draft.
And we’ve got a bit to add.
The league source says that one head coach for an AFC West team has Kaepernick rated as the No. 1 quarterback on his club’s draft board. The source declined to specify. But we can speculate.
Per the 2011 Visits and Workouts Tracker, we know that the Denver Broncos privately worked out Kaepernick on March 31, and hosted him for an official, team-facility visit on April 6.
The Kansas City Chiefs worked out Kaepernick on April 1.
The Oakland Raiders hosted Kaepernick at their facility on April 12.
The San Diego Chargers have not worked out or hosted Kaepernick.
Just a guess, but it’s probably one of the first three teams.
To update, here is the list of players invited to Radio City Music Hall:
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, Florida center Mike Pouncey, Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget, Baylor guard Danny Watkins, Washington quarterback Jake Locker, Colorado offensive tackle and Nate Solder.
That’s 24, so obviously some of these guys have declined their invites.
The league source says Kaepernick, too, is still in the process of deciding whether or not to go to New York.