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49ers give up three picks to move up, draft Colin Kaepernick


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did have a rookie quarterback he wanted to groom; just not in the top ten.

San Francisco made a bold move to move up to draft Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick with the No. 36 overall pick.  After a month of wearing his man crush on his sleeve, Silva is somewhere beaming like a proud parent right now.

The move wasn’t cheap.  The 49ers traded their second round pick (No. 45), a fourth-round pick, and a fifth-round pick to move nine spots to grab Kaeperick.  It was a risk worth taking and gives Harbaugh someone to mold from scratch in the NFL.

Think how Kaeperick’s life changed on Friday night.  The Raiders reportedly wanted to move up badly for Kaepernick, but didn’t give the Patriots the trade package they were looking for.   Instead, Kaepernick is set up for success with Harbaugh in San Francisco.

So much for waiting for Andrew Luck.

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19 Responses to “49ers give up three picks to move up, draft Colin Kaepernick”
  1. robbie774 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:34 PM

    damn. would’ve loved to see him in the burgundy and gold.

  2. realitypolice says: Apr 29, 2011 6:35 PM

    Good pick.

    He will better than Dalton down the road, and his name is much, much more fun to say.

  3. dixon29 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    Why the dig on the Raiders? They had a better record than the 49ers without the benefit of playing in the NFC West.

  4. footballfanatic2010 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:38 PM

    LOVE this pick!!!

  5. brasho says: Apr 29, 2011 6:41 PM

    Kaepernick is going to explode under Harbaugh. He already has more physical ability than nearly every QB in the NFL, he works extremely hard, a great leader, very smart. Harbaugh is the final piece to the puzzle and will help him to super stardom.

    For those of us that loved CK, I had him as my 2nd best QB, this is a great fit.

  6. phelbin says: Apr 29, 2011 6:43 PM

    This kid is supposed to be the real deal. As a lifelong 49ers fan I’m pretty psyched!

  7. nineroutsider says: Apr 29, 2011 6:43 PM

    I believe the 4th and 5th rounders were compensatory picks, but if not they have 2 compensatory picks in those rounds anyway.

    As a Niners fan I am stoked, but better give him the playbook tonight!

  8. goldrush36 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    You better believe if the opportunity presents itself next year Harbaugh would still trade his own mother to get Luck regardless of a miracle turnaround by Alex Smith or this draft pick!

  9. nineroutsider says: Apr 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    Oh wait, on 2nd thought the compensatory picks can’t be traded, but we will be picking in those rounds anyway because of those picks…not as big of a trade as the headline suggests.

    Go 9ers!

  10. hiperactivodg says: Apr 29, 2011 6:47 PM

    Another idiot comment from Rosenthal, Harbaugh has never coached at the NFL level, Jackson has and he proved to be a nice offensive coach last year.

  11. contraryguy says: Apr 29, 2011 6:55 PM

    Kapper needs to shorten that windup.

    And Mallett is still on the board… wait what? another stay on the court order? back to no football? Nuts.

  12. toad8572 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:56 PM

    It appears the NFL GM’s really do believe that Mallett has a ten cent head.

  13. dirtyjersey9er says: Apr 29, 2011 7:18 PM


    Harbaugh was the QB coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2002-2003 before going to the college level via taking the University of San Diego opening.

  14. canadian52niner says: Apr 29, 2011 7:57 PM

    Great, great pick for the Niners! He has to sit a couple years but his skills are reminiscent of Steve Young! Niners Forever Baby!

  15. ninerdynasty says: Apr 29, 2011 8:10 PM

    @hiperactivodg — It appears that you’re the idiot!!
    1- Harbaugh has coached in the nfl before with the raiders.
    2- Harbaugh has Head Coaching experience, regardless is college, but is still a head coaching job. Hue Jackson, no HC experience.
    If you’re going to post comments and call ppl stupid, please do your research before you embarrass yourself! btw.. why are you in a niner thread? are you wishing you drafted colin? or just a hater?

  16. kinggw says: Apr 29, 2011 8:32 PM

    Yet another qb taken too soon. I know 49er fans are excited, but Kaepernick like many of the qb’s in this draft should still be on the board. The NFL scouts simply overrate draft eligible qbs, we see it every year. With the exception of Drew Brees how many decent qbs have come out of the second round? But every year we hear how a Kellen Clemens, Trent Edwards, John Beck, Drew Stanton, Brian Brohm, Chad Henne, and Kevin Kolb is really a first round talent but just has a little bit of work to do. None of those qbs have been successful in the NFL. Im not saying Kaepernick cant be successful, but 49er fans should temper their expectations. Kaepernick isnt Montana and Harbaugh isnt Walsh.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:35 PM

    Good move for the 49ers. I think he should have gone to the Titans yesterday instead of Locker.

  18. jebdamone says: Apr 29, 2011 11:27 PM

    kaepernick and mallett are the two guys that i was most interested in this draft. there are a lot of things to like about this kid. big, fast, strong, smart, good arm, good kid. good pick.

  19. polishkingski says: Apr 30, 2011 12:09 AM

    @ KINGGW….you know man i really do agree with what you said however i do believe that times are changing. i don`t know how old you are but when i watched football as a kid the idea of a rookie playing (let alone starting) in a game was totally unheard of. what i mean is the skill sets and the time line these guys have to become great has changed consideratly. also there is no arguing the stats you have on qb`s taken after the first round.

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