Colin Kaepernick latest top prospect invited to NFL draft


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.

20 responses to “Colin Kaepernick latest top prospect invited to NFL draft

  1. He needs to show up for the second round. No since sitting there in the green room watching the first round fly by with a bunch of mistakes going, going, gone. Tennessee or Denver will be calling him as soon as they blow their first pick.

  2. I sure as hell wouldn’t go. This guy could sit for an hour, or b picked halfway through day 2. Just think if Clausen or McCoy had went.

  3. If I am a player who may not get picked until the second round I would not go. Why put yourself through that?

  4. League source = the kid’s agent trying to talk him up the board.

    Get real, no team has him ranked as the best QB in the draft. Because he isn’t.

    He played in the WAC for goodness sake.

  5. Oakland doesn’t pick until 48… Denver has 3 picks before them. Oakland wont get a chance at him. But
    John Elway will have 4 QB’s and no starter…….

  6. It’s not obvious that some of them have declined just on account of the number being 24. Like many invitations of varying types, an invitation can be predicated that you are one of the first in “x” number to reserve your spot. So if a large enough portion have simply chosen not to respond with a definitive yes or no, then periodically it is a calculated decision to determine when to add more invitees. Kind of like how airlines operate by selling more seats than exist in the plane; cause statistics show some portion don’t show up. And in this case, the number of non-responses thus far is possibly determining the rate at which new invitees are chosen.

    You guys stating that it is obvious is just not the case. Bad reporting deserves to be called out. Improve the quality of your articles please, and stop writing things that can be construed as insulting to intelligent audience members.

  7. realfann= realclueless 2010 draft Wac 1st round picks 3 Pac 10 only 2 … and zero without Cal.

    UCLA & USC …NFL wanted none of them. Or you might be a Big East fan where they think the state of North Carolina deserves 4 BCS teams like California. Duke, Wake Forest, UNC, NC state. vs Cal, Standford, UCLA, USC. Complete joke (unless we were talking basketball). Forget the Pac 10, the entire SEC is running for Boise St. Won’t play them in fear they will lose. Oregon only got a shot at the to win the National Championship because they didn’t have to face that same WAC team who beat them handily twice, three times.

  8. @kearneyman

    Boise has left the WAC.

    So has Nevada.

    So has Hawaii.

    The conference sucks. That’s why they are all leaving. Any numbers Kaepernick put up comes with a huge asterisk.

    He might, just might be the 5th best QB in the draft.


    Probably not.

  9. It’s Oakland, and they’ll probably trade up to #16 with Jacksonville to draft him…..IF….they’re serious about Kaepernick and not just blowing wind.

  10. well, its taken awhile, but the Kaepernick hype train seems to finally be picking up some steam. he has been my vikings pick rd 2 #12 for a few months now but i was wondering if he was ever going to catch on. right now i do have him as my third qb in this draft, but can see how its possible a team could have him as their #1. i already liked him a lot before the combine and he was the QB that i was impressed with the most for all around upside. i would not, however, attend the draft if i were him. i would say there is a very slim chance he is drafted in the first round and it will be late if he does get drafted. i still hope he is around for the vikings to grab in the second round and believe he probably will be. a couple months ago this kid was a 3-5th rounder though!

  11. I don’t understand how the NFL cannot have a good look at this guy. His numbers are better than any other QB in the draft. He runs faster, has thrown more yards, has a better completion percentage and on and on.

    I see the Vikings surprising everyone at the 12th pick!

  12. Didn’t Kaep say in his PFT interview that he would turn an invitation down in order to be with his family during the draft?

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