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Jim Harbaugh tipped his dad to plan to draft Kaepernick

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, parents of head coaches Jim (49ers) and John Harbaugh (Ravens), speak during a press conference before the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Reuters

Jim Harbaugh rarely shares too much.

But his father said Wednesday that his San Francisco son shared his intention to draft Colin Kaepernick a day before it happened.

During the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh press conference Wednesday, the elder Harbaugh recalled Jim calling him on his way home after the first round of the 2011 draft, to get his dad’s thoughts on the process.

“We didn’t have much to talk about as it relates to the draft,” Jack Harbaugh said. “But he had not expressed to me who they were thinking about drafting at the quarterback position so I said ‘Jim, tomorrow in the second round, surely you’re going to draft a quarterback, but which one is it going to be?’ and it was dead silent. He said ‘are you talking to anybody?’ and I said ‘I swear I’m not talking to anyone.’

“He said ‘we’re drafting Colin Kaepernick. Do I not only think that he’s the best quarterback in the draft, I think he’s the best football player in the draft and we’re going with Colin Kaepernick.’ And I thought to myself, ‘wise decision.’”

They apparently thought Aldon Smith, who they chose seventh overall, was a better value at that spot, as they took Kaepernick 36th overall.

It also makes you wonder how much they puckered when the Bengals, picking 35th, selected quarterback Andy Dalton.

But the funniest part is clearly that Jim had to ask his dad if he was going to blab before telling him, wondering for a moment if he could trust the man who raised him with such sensitive information.

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25 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh tipped his dad to plan to draft Kaepernick”
  1. nickyleacy says: Jan 30, 2013 7:19 PM

    Cool story

  2. nineroutsider says: Jan 30, 2013 7:23 PM

    “But the funniest part is clearly that Jim had to ask his dad if he was going to blab before telling him, wondering for a moment if he could trust the man who raised him with such sensitive information.”
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    You omitted the part where Jim informed him not to tell mom. When your brother is a football coach, and many of your family friends are in pro football, the last sentence makes perfect sense. Combine that with the fact that Jim naturally has a ‘spy vs. spy’ mentality it is quite understandable.

    This is the type of story that makes Super Bowl media hype week worthwhile…

  3. sneaky3413 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:30 PM

    Good story, but everyone knew he wanted Kap. That was the worst kept secret in the draft that year.

  4. hifive123 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:51 PM

    Oakland wanted him. If only…

  5. illinininer says: Jan 30, 2013 8:47 PM

    I have heard that everyone in the 49ers’ front office wanted Dalton, including Trent Baalke, but they decided to let Harbaugh pick his guy.

  6. bengalguy says: Jan 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    DALTON>KAPERNACK

  7. bengalguy says: Jan 30, 2013 9:02 PM

    DALTON>kaepernick

  8. jvibottomline says: Jan 30, 2013 9:38 PM

    Dalton sucks dude

  9. raideralex99 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:54 PM

    49ers traded 3 picks to move up ahead of the Raiders to draft him because the Raiders were going to draft him.
    Also before the 49ers signed Harbaugh weren’t the Raiders interested in him first … Sounds like the 49ers were spying on the Raiders.

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    That being said…with the #31st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the New York Jets select…NOT Colin Kaepernick.

  11. brazin99 says: Jan 30, 2013 10:36 PM

    So far Kap has done a good job avoising the big hit. But that kid is so long and lanky with skinny little legs…one of these days someone’s going to take his legs out if he doesn’t learn to run smarter.

  12. mantiteo says: Jan 30, 2013 11:03 PM

    Kaepernick 10 starts = Super Bowl

    Dalton 32 starts = NO Super Bowl

  13. dabearsk says: Jan 30, 2013 11:05 PM

    Makes sense that Harbaugh wanted Kaepernick over Dalton. I’m not saying that due to Kaepernick’s success now…but if you remember Harbaugh as a QB had some wheels not like Kap’s 4.4 speed but he could move where Dalton is a step below being classified as a statue. Cool story as well, I really like how the front office deferred to Harbaugh’s wishes since he was going to be “Harbaugh’s guy”

  14. pthepro49 says: Jan 30, 2013 11:34 PM

    Best QB in the draft!!! You hear that Cam Newton?? If Carolina only had a front office that knew what they were doing!

  15. jimmysee says: Jan 30, 2013 11:59 PM

    Cincinnati *had* to take Dalton — no one in that town could have pronounced “Kaepernick.”

    Or spelled it.

  16. true9erfan66 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:29 AM

    Hey bengalguy,
    You really trying to say dalton is better lol. How do you figure. He is no where near as athletic he is much slower Alex smith has a stronger arm than dalton. Plus take any 9 games dalton has started and the only 9 games keap has started and statistically he destroys Dalton’s numbers. Plus the biggest diffrence is keap completion % is in the high 60′s much higher than Dalton’s. So you just talking with your heart or what cause unless keap completely derails he is headed to HOF dalton is nothing but a very good starter. Looks like to me bengals bungled another draft choice.

  17. CKL says: Jan 31, 2013 2:32 AM

    Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me he swore his dad to secrecy. I heard a story today on NFLN I think about how John called Jim before the AFCC because his 9ers had played the Pats more recently and he was looking for info and Jim basically stonewalled his own brother saying Oh I didn’t have much to do with all that, I’ll have to check with my assistants (lol yeah right) and then he never even called his own brother back. :D

  18. northerntanned says: Jan 31, 2013 2:46 AM

    What about the QB needy Dolphins at 15? I could never understand out why or how he fell out of the first round after his wins in collage and a great senior bowl week…unless teams felt it would be too difficult to sell a guy to their city who was covered in tattoos.

  19. forever9ers says: Jan 31, 2013 4:19 AM

    When the playoff began, Denver Broncos & Elway were supposedly SB-bound & on top of the world, now the Denver media is openly questioning Elway’s decision to trade the 36th pick to the Niners that became Colin Kaepernick. They could have Von Miller & Kaepernick but now the Niners have Aldon Smith & Kaepernick and the sky’s the limit.

  20. joetoronto says: Jan 31, 2013 4:35 AM

    “It also makes you wonder how much they puckered when the Bengals, picking 35th, selected quarterback Andy Dalton.”

    What a mistake, he has no arm whatsoever and he’s as soft as a baby’s butt.

  21. undraftedstar says: Jan 31, 2013 4:55 AM

    I wouldn’t say Kaep is better than Newton. If they were to switch teams it would be interesting, Same skill set, but Kaep is more accurate. Cam is one of the most durable QB’s, both have rocket arms, both are fast. If we had to do the draft over knowing what we know now Kaep would go first ,more accurate better attitude and Cam would be in Tennessee W/ CJ2K.

  22. fanofevilempire says: Jan 31, 2013 7:35 AM

    of course he would ask his pop if he was talking to anyone, this is not a game to a coach, it’s their life. he doesn’t see John as a brother, he is the opposing coach, business. hundreds of millions are at stake, legacies etc.

  23. hehateme2 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:38 AM

    Calm down homers. Turtle kid has a long way to go before anyone could possible suggest HOF. Really??

    He could flame out next year. Get a grip.

  24. wtgriffin says: Jan 31, 2013 9:26 AM

    Between the two I wanted the Bengals to take Kapernick, because I liked watching him run the Nevada offense. That being said, I think some of the comments on Dalton are just off base. Dalton ran the spread option in college. He’s not Kapernick fast, but he can run better than a lot of QBs in the league. The goal for the Bengals was to bring the mid-1970s Bengals offense (the so-called West Coast Offense) back to Cincy. Dalton was a very accurate passer in college and you really don’t need a cannon to run the West Coast. Two years and two playoff apperances while playing in the toughest division in football – that’s not so bad and better than the first round guys in that draft. I would give him another year or two before calling him a bust.

  25. packhawk04 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:38 PM

    They had it all figure out… they sure did. And his dad? Oh, he knew it was a wise desicion. Yep, they were the only smart ones that year.

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