Over the next two Sundays, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will face two of the teams that drafted quarterbacks in 2011 not named Colin Kaepernick.
First up, the Titans, who took Jake Locker with the eighth pick. Then comes a London date with the Jaguars, who traded up to No. 10 to take Blaine Gabbert.
Kaepernick was the sixth quarterback taken, after Cam Newton, Jocker, Gabbert, Christian Ponder, and Andy Dalton.
The Titans had Kaepernick in for a visit before the draft, and Kaepernick thought they wanted him. They may have, but they wanted Locker more.
“It’s something I definitely haven’t forgotten,” Kaepernick said this week, via the Associated Press. “I thought I was someone they were interested in. Whether it was then or later, I didn’t know, but it’s in the past now.”
Yes, it’s in the past. But Kaepernick said he hasn’t forgotten about it. Which means he’s found a far more conventional source of motivation than, you know, Twitter.
The 49ers also should find a little extra motivation from the fact that Sunday’s game will be their first collective crack at a defense orchestrated by the man who cartoonishly implored the Saints to try to injure multiple members of the 49ers offense the night before a January 2012 playoff game.