Kaepernick describes unconventional road to NFL draft

Perhaps the best part of the NFL Draft is learning the stories behind all the prospects about to realize a lifelong dream.

We heard about Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt’s remarkable journey on PFT Live last week.  On Monday’s show, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick told a similarly amazing story of the road less traveled to the big stage.

In high school, Kaepernick played at a high school that used a wing-T offense.  That type of attack doesn’t exactly highlight a quarterback’s skills, so scholarship offers were hard to find.

Nevada eventually showed interest, but they never even saw Kaepernick play in a high school football game.  Instead, they watched Kaepernick play a basketball game through a nasty fever and offered him a scholarship based on his athletic ability alone.

Four years later, Kaepernick is the only player in NCAA history with 10,00o passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards.  He’s looked at as a likely second round prospect.

You can watch Kaepernick’s entire interview below.  To see Peter King’s segment Monday or any clip, head to the PFT Live homepage.  (You can also download the show as a podcast via iTunes.)

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6 responses to “Kaepernick describes unconventional road to NFL draft

  1. this kid beat boise st. single handedly. also the reason that nevada football has been respectable the last few years. could be a sleeper.

  2. Watching Colin drain those three pointers from underneath his own basket really caught the scouts attention.

  3. Kaepernick is my guy in this draft. i’ve watched his interviews and video’s getting to know him and he seems like a really good kid with a great family and good head on his shoulders. his play the past three years was phenomenal and after watching him in the combine, he was the QB that i was most impressed with. he is big, strong, fast, athletic and it showed as he ranked highly in all of the drills for QBs. i thought he looked best throwing the ball as well although his footwork does need a little attention. these facts, coupled with the him scoring a 37 on his wonderlic makes me think this kid has a chance to be very good at the next level. i am hoping the vikings do not pass this him up in the second round!

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