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.