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Dolphins focus in on Nevada's Colin Kaepernick

Speaking of quarterbacks ....

Yeah, we'll be doing that a lot in the coming weeks and months.

On Wednesday, Tony Pauline of TFYDraft.com and si.com, tweeted that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been drawing big-time attention from the Minnesota Vikings and the Dolphins. He added that both teams see Kaepernick as a possible second-round selection.

And, I recognize the Dolphins don't have a second-round pick. Don't worry about that. Don't get caught up in that detail. They will try to add such a pick, probably by trading down from the 15th overall selection or through other means as situations present themselves. Plus, what round the Dolphins are thinking about Kaepernick at this moment is not important because his stock might rise or fall in the coming months so that's relative.

What is important is that Miami has put such a focus on him.

Frankly, I saw him play only one game this year. It was against Boise State. He was good. I thought he was more a threat with his feet than with his arm, but I really liked his demeanor and leadership and authority on the field.

Authority is God-given. It is not earned. It is not learned. You either have it or you do not. Kaepernick carries it on a 6-4, 224-pound frame. He's got it. When he's on the field, he is in charge and the opponents recognize he's the guy they have to worry about.

Kaepernick has, by most accounts, been impressive during the practices for the North squad at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He was especially so on Wednesday -- the last day most NFL GM types will be in town to view practices in person.

Kaepernick is on the North squad with Washington's Jake Locker and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi. Yet, he's been better than both this week and it would surprise me if he does not start for the North despite being less known and from a smaller football program than the other two. 

Kaepernick has a bit of an unorthodox delivery. It's not a hitch or a windup but it reminds a little of Phillip Rivers. One scout I speak to on a regular basis says that can be ironed out by a good QB coach but, "Why mess with it if he's effective? That isn't a big concern for me. It's not a Tim Tebow-like issue."

That works for me. You?

Well, watch the video below and tell me what you think.


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this year's Joe Flacco?

So you bought our smokescreen already huh? lol

Really hope we land this kid. Should Henne have a weak 1st half season I believe this kid just maybe able to take over after midseason. I just dont think he's a day one starter but do believe he can be broken in after mid season.

The last time a Dolphin rookie qb was able to successfully take over after mid season. It was a curly headed kid named Dan Marino. No, I dont believe he'll be quite the record setting qb Marino was. But I definitely believe this kid has that "IT".

Would be great in the "wild cat" but looks like a run first QB. That will not fly in the NFL.

~~~ GOOOO FINS ~~~

Didn't realize he was a lefty. I think he is a possibility. Still like Cam Newton more just because of his pure power and of course his great productivity. Oh also, we can get the real scoop on this guy from our Wolfpack player this year, rookie S Jon Amaya.


Right now I would take this kid over Newton. They are similar in size and skill set. But Kaepernick is a 3-4yr starter and Newton has been only a one year wonder.

Nevada only lost one game under Kaepernick in 2010. One was the astounding upset of media darling and cinderella upstart national powerhouse Boise St. Remember Boise St boast college phenom qb Kellen Moore.

It also included a 20-13 Kraft Bowl victory over Boston College. I believe Kaepernick took the Nevada football program to far better heights than they would have attained without him.

Newton's ceiling isnt any greater than Kaepernick. Except for Kaepernick can definitely had in the 2nd rd or further back.

I would say the greatest difference between Kaepernick and Newton is that Newton has recieved far more national press producing an almost identical level of statiscal numbers. If this means we can get Kaepernick at a far better bargain then we should pounce all over it!

Here's What Kaepernick Did His First Year Starting:

2007 seasonAs a redshirt freshman, Colin saw little action through Nevada's first four games. It was during the fifth game of the season against the 2007 Fresno State Bulldogs football team that Colin got his first extended playing time. After starting quarterback Nick Graziano went down with a season ending foot injury, Colin entered the game with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter. He would go on to amass 384 yards passing, 4 TD's and 60 yards rushing. It would prove to not be enough though as Fresno would win the game 49-41

It would be in Colin's first start on Sunday October 14, 2007 that he would have his most popular game to date. Entering as 26 point underdogs to the Boise State Broncos, a team that had never lost on its home field to a WAC opponent, Colin would help guide the Wolf Pack to a near upset of the Broncos in what would eventually become the highest scoring game in NCAA history. The game was nationally televised on ESPN and would be deemed an Instant Classic to be re-aired on the networks ESPN Classic station in the following days. Compiling 243 yards passing with 3 TD's and rushing for another 177 yards and 2 scores, Kaepernick would lead the Wolf Pack into a fourth overtime period before a failed two point conversion attempt would ultimately prevent the game from entering a fifth overtime. During the game Kaepernick earned high praise from ESPN's Bill Curry (the former Georgia Tech and Green Bay Packer center and University of Kentucky head football coach) as having perhaps the best game he had ever witnessed any redshirt freshman quarterback playing in.

He would then go on to lead the Wolf Pack to three straight victories over Utah State, Idaho, and New Mexico State (a game in which he threw the go ahead score with a minute remaining) and earn WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the latter. Against undefeated and nationally ranked Hawaii his team would fall 2 points short after giving up a late field goal with 15 seconds remaining. A loss to San Jose St. followed.

In the final game of the regular season vs. the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Kaepernick would throw for a gaudy 404 yards and 3 scores with no turnovers to help lead the Pack their third consecutive bowl appearance, a first in school history.

Kaepernick earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors for his efforts during the regular season. At 161.06 he finished as the 5th ranked quarterback in NCAA football based on pass efficiency behind Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Tim Tebow (Florida), Colt Brennan (Hawaii), and Dennis Dixon (Oregon) and 3rd in the nation in yards per attempt at 9.4 behind Tebow and Paul Smith (Tulsa)

With bowl games completed, Kaepernick's stats dropped slightly. He would finish the season ranked in the top ten in NCAA in various categories including: 2nd lowest Interception Percent to Florida State's Drew Weatherford, 5th in Yards Per Passing Attempt, 7th in Touchdowns Passing Percent, and 10th in Passer Rating. Amongst quarterbacks he was 6th in Yards Per Carry when running the ball.

2008 seasonAs a sophomore Kaepernick became just the fifth different player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards in a single season. Some of his notable statistical achievements were:

Only NCAA QB in 2008 to pass for 2,500 or more yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards. Ranked 2nd amongst all NCAA QB's in rushing yardage with 1,130. Ranked 7th amongst all NCAA players with 7.02 yards per carry. Was tied 9th amongst all NCAA players with 17 rushing TD's.

Kaepernick, with 1,130 rushing yards, and running back Vai Taua, with 1,521 rushing yards, made 2008 the first year in school history that Nevada had two 1,000-yard rushers on the team simultaneously.[3]

Despite playing the entire second half with an ankle injury, he set a new Humanitarian Bowl record with 370 yards passing and was awarded the MVP in a losing effort.

He was also named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year at the end of the season. He was the first sophomore to win this award since Marshall Faulk of San Diego State did in 1992. He was also named first team All WAC QB. He was the first sophomore to win this award since Trent Dilfer of Fresno State which was also in 1992.

[edit] 2009 seasonKaepernick was named the pre-season WAC Offensive Player of the Year at the WAC Media's event in July. On August 3rd it was announced he was named to the Davey O'Brien Award pre-season watch list. On August 14th it was announced that he was named to the pre-season Maxwell Award watch list and on August 17th to the Manning Award watch list.

Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack to an 8-5 record and a second place finish in the WAC behind undefeated Boise State. He was named 2nd team All WAC QB. He is the first player in Nevada history to earn the teams MVP award twice, doing so in 2008 as well.

Colin finished the 2009 season with 2,052 passing yards and 1,183 rushing yards. He became the first player in NCAA history to record back-to-back 2,000/1,000 yard seasons. His 1,183 rush yards along with Luke Lippincott's 1,034 and Vai Taua's 1,345 makes him a part of the first trio of teammates in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards each in the same season on the same team.

[edit] 2010 seasonEntering the 2010 NCAA season, Kaepernick ranks #1 among active college football players in rushing touchdowns. He is second in Yards Per Carry (behind Wolf Pack teammate Vai Taua), Total Offense per Game, and Touchdowns Scored. He ranks #3 in Yards per Play and #4 in pass touchdowns and Total Number of Offensive Plays.

Kaepernick was a counselor at the prestigious MPA event in Thibodaux, Louisiana, during the 2010 camp. He had an impressive showing, drawing praise from various NFL and ESPN personnel including former New York Giants QB Jesse Palmer who said of Kaepernick, "by far, the strongest arm in the camp".[4]

It was also announced that Kaepernick, along with teammates Taua and Lippincott will have a display in the College Football Hall of Fame commemorating their being the first players in NCAA history to each break 1,000 yards rushing on the same team during the same season. [5] Kaepernick has been named to the watch list for six major college football awards: the Manning Award, the O'Brien Award, the Paul Hornung Award, the Maxwell Award, the Unitas Award, and the Walter Camp Award.

On November 26, Kaepernick led his team to a 34-31 overtime victory against the previously undefeated Boise State Broncos, snapping a 24 game win streak that had dated back to the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. This game was played on Nevada's senior night, the final home game for Kaepernick and fellow notable senior running back Vai Taua. Nevada Head Coach Chris Ault would later call this game the "most important win in program history." During this game, Kaepernick surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for this season, becoming the first player in NCAA history to have over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing for 3 consecutive seasons. Along with Taua's 131 yards rushing in the game, the duo became the NCAA's all time leaders in rushing yards by teammates (8,285) passing the legendary SMU duo of Eric Dickerson and Craig James (8,193) known as the "Pony Express".".[6]

On December 4 against Louisiana Tech University, Kaepernick joined Florida's Tim Tebow as the second quarterback in FBS history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 in the same season. Later that same evening, Auburn's Cam Newton joined Tebow and Kaepernick as the third. Kaepernick's three rushing touchdowns in that game also placed in him in a tie with former Nebraska QB and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch for most rushing TD's in NCAA history by a quarterback with 59 in his career.

Kaepernick currently stands as the only quarterback in the history of Division I college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career and also as the only QB to have passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single season three times in a career (consecutively).

Except Newton was MORE productive in his year and he did it in the SEC. To hell w/ Boise St, I mean nice story but you can't tell me that's like going into Alabama, falling behind early, and leading a comeback like Newton did. Oh and the other difference is 25lbs of muscle. Newton always falls forward. There IS a difference.

The difference was a lot more than press coverage my friend.

c'mon people, we need a sturdy pocket passer with a little shifty-ness at QB. not a lanky run first guy. believe me, just b/c he can out run 300 lb college d-lineman dosn't make him a "sexy" pick. this guy isnt even a starte in the S.E.C. the posted video was more of a Nevada hilight reel than a Kaepernick hilight reel. i'll pass. we thought we could coach a run first QB before, now he's on a triple A league base ball team.

I only watched the first 5 minutes, don't think I saw one pass...run run run and run and run and run. Not sure he is NFL material. If word is out Miami is interested this early, its smokescreen.

The Elephant in the room, er the little meatball in the room. Tony Sporano Jr joining the staff, the best decision since Bobby Bowden added Jeff Bowden as OC. Both got thrown to the corner after continous sucking even though BB one of the best college coaches of all time, but would not fire the son when he was running hogh school offenive plays in Division one. Nepotism never works, if u think it does in football give me one example. Even Buddy Ryan never hired his sons for any profile position. If Junior Meatball was an intern or something that would be cool but QC? How much does that job pay? $100,000? I have to say it is a bad decision at this point at the minimum, if he had a great year maybe but I think he is digging his own grave. We should have picked up a quality college QB coach who was fired up and ready to advance, not promote someone who sucked at their job last year so lets move them to one of our areas needing most improvement where they will flounder. I am frustrated, it is funny someone said since we have low expectations we will be happy with even an average season next year. What scares me is the draft picks. Saban and Wanny killed us w their stupid trades for years. Pat white is the big example he is probably the biggest waste of a pick ever. Sporano just does not get it, hiring the Little Meatball is another example of not understanding the NFL requirements of a head coach and Ireland/Ross had to sign off on it. Bad decisions lose games and kill franchises.

Sorry for the typos, blame the 100 proof vodka. I have to admit the Phins are like a bad car wreck now,You think it cant get worse but it does, its entertaining and you want to look away but can't. I'm looking forward to the draft for the next disaster.


Newton also was surrounded by better overall talent. If you switched Newton and Kaepernick to eachother's school the results would probably still be identical for each.

Then you would be saying the exact same thing. Only this time trying to more validate Kaepernick than Newton because Newton would be the guy playing for Nevada and Kaepernick at Auburn.

Both have similar size, skill set, and exact same offense. Only Newton will cost more simply because of more exposure and media attention.

With nearly identical size and skill sets, plus Kaepernick comes far cheaper it more than makes sense to choose Kaepernick. Its like paying far more for name brand when the store brand brings exact identical results but is far cheaper.

Great production and music! Not sold on abilities!

He's a gamer for sure

Why waste a pick...with new oc, Henne will shine.

If we want to turn this kid into a brad Smith WR, im all in! But this isnt the answer for us starting with hes last ñame that will no fit in a dolphins jersey

DyingBreed, please don't smoke crack and post here. Newton had better support, he also played against superior talent. Kaepernick's level of competition is a big red flag. Newton is 25 lbs heavier, that is a huge difference, not just fluff.

No, I don't believe the results would be the same at all. That is your point of view. You are in the minority. Kaepernick would do well there but not nearly as well. He would have to do much more than rely on his supporting cast. That is like saying Duper and Clayton were the reasons for Marino's success. Oh I forgot, his line was good too, lol.

BTW how are you related to him again?


Those seeking to insult or psuedo insult in thier reply posts are mostly making vain attempt to mask thier intelligence level or lack of knowledge. Therefor I fully understand where youre coming from.

The bats do fly backwards when the skies are in rewind! LOL.............

I don't believe for a second that Kaepernick would lead his team back from a 28-6 deficit at Alabama taking his team on his shoulders and practically carrying his team to victory. And yeah, I have been an avid Dolphins fan since 1974. I have probably forgotten more than most people on these boards know. I guess I must have forgotten too much huh?

I like what I see from Kaepernick. I trust my instincts, that's why I hinted he may be another Joe Flacco. The main concern about Newton center around possible work ethic issues. That didn't seem to hinder him this season though. If we draft Kaepernick, even in round 1, I put my faith in the personnel dept and stand behind them.

and for the record, I went to Fresno St so I am all for the "small school" players doing great. Boise St was in our conference back when I went there as a matter of fact.

UNLV was in our conference too at the time but not Nevada.

I thought Kaepernick was like 6'7"

Henne will shine??? ...............................
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah...that was a good joke man...

6'4", Newton 6'5" and 250, built like a TE man, the guy is brutal on running plays. He is a far cry from what we envisioned Pat White as being.

I like this guy, has some swag and athleticism and we need that like yesterday!

If we're looking for this kind of QB we might as well draft cam newton, i dont like it...Take Dalton and trade down the first and grab a OG or a RB

thanks mando i say we get him in aqua and orange asap!

Kaepernick is listed as 6'6 inches tall. You wont see a helluva lotta qb's getting balls batted down at the line of scrimmage who are that tall. In comparison, Henne had the 2nd most balls batted down amongst all nfl starting qb's.

Henne's 6'3 but needs to learn the fine art of the pump fake at some point. If he wishes to reduce his number of batted balls at the line.


If we trade back and gain a 2nd rd and both Newton and Kaepernick are still available then maybe based on the hype Newton is selected. But if Newton goes 1st rd, we get to use our first pick at another position and still get the Newton-like clone in the 2nd rd.

There really isnt a great deal of difference between Newton and Kaepernick, except for Newton went to a more nationally renowned school and conference. They both are equal in size, atleticism, and leadership ability.

Both have about the same upside and come from identical styled offenses. Kaepernick comes cheaper only because of where they went to school.


Our former excellent Dolphins coach Paul Pasqualoini is making news again. He is so awesome the Uconn boosters where he is head coach now are suing for their money back lol. It's great to see the sucky Dolphins coaching alumni is still sucking. They will prob hire Wany the stache for a replacement.

Kaepernick had a great season no doubt. But the number of people clamoring for him now that had heard of him a year ago *might* be two but, it's probably zero.

Watch this video of Ricky Stanzi and then tell me Kaepernick is a better prospect.


Kaepernick's video shows him running all over the field and hitting a couple of guys who are wide open. It reminds of something Steve Young said about the difference between playing QB in college vs playing QB in the NFL he said "in college EVERYBODYS open, in the NFL NOBODY is open, the window is SO much smaller"

Stanzi's video show him completely picking apart zones, finding receivers on the second level behind the LBers, throwing touch passes on the fades, hitting one guy after another in stride, making plays on the run, making plays in the clutch. And he did all this in the Big 10, which isn't the PAC-10 or the SEC or the Big 12, but it's not the WAC either. Unlike Henne who's numbers went down year after year in college Stanzi's numbers got better and better. He's ascending player who should continue to get better and better with better coaching and maturity.

Also like Armando said there's still plenty of time before the draft and who knows, Kaepernick could even be available 3rd or 4th rd depending on how much his stock falls or rises.

Minny may even make a big reach and take him 1st rd if the love him bad enough. LOL......

As much as Henne sucks, i have a feeling with new coaching he will improve. Ill give him one more year.

Aforehand is a mutha'! Let get the draft and free agency over with already. So we can stop b*itchin about all of the birds in the bush and start b*itchin about our birds in hand. LOL................

If the Dolphins think this toothpick with an average arm is a better pro prospect than Jake Locker than they are as retarded and incompetant in their player evaluations as I have suspected under this regime. I already knew you didnt know what you were talking about Armando, but if its true (what you are reporting: Your track record is not on solid ground)than our future isnt getting any brighter anytime soon. The Dolphins suck! We are an organization less trailblazers and more inept and obtuse followers.

Then when the seasons over then we can again b*itch about the same birds in the bush we didnt get! LOL...............

The kid can run

We need only know if he is right with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and shall Testify on His behalf. All else is driven by man and unworthy of His praise!

Being that I live in Hawaii I got to see him play in one game in which Nevada loss 27-21. In that game he did ok. Not great, not good but ok. But to use the one Boise State game as the prime example for why Miami should draft him is a huge mistake. After all Hawaii was destroyed by Boise State 41-7, that is the same Hawaii team that beat Nevada.

I will also add this video really does not help him. Majority of it is him running the ball and there are very few clips that gives a clear view of his passing motion. Vick and Young are great running with the ball but they are good passers as well. They are also good at keeping their eyes down field while scrambling, using their running ability as the last resort. I haven't really seen Kaepernick do that.

With all that and the teams he has played against I am just not sold on this guy. One thing I do give this guy though he does seem to have a knack for leading his team from behind. In that Hawaii game at one point they were down 17-0.


For any of you idiots who this this Nevada QB is better than Henne, watch this video. What is WITH YOU PEOPLE!?!?!? We have a quarterback with all the skills and NO COACHING. Our coaching is a complete JOKE. I think this offseason has already shown what kind of franchise the Dolphins are. Very sad. Longtime fan, but pretty much over it.

Hey Joshua...go spread your churchy stuff somewhere else man..this isn't the place for that. If you believe in that go for it...it doesn't mean I want jesus stuffed down my throat by you. By the way..were you an alter boy that got touched...sounds like it to me ...

DB...I see Kaepernick listed at 6-4 and about 20 something lbs's less than Fig Newton. I just hope Miami brings in good QB competition....this coaching thing worries me though...I'm not happy or sold on Tony, Jeff, LiL Tony, ect...

Devil Dogs Forever!

If he is one with the Savior then all else shall be anointed upon him.

Your liboral beliefs are a blasfomy in His eyes but accept His Word and all sinful ways are cast out!

Looks like another Pat White type, so I guess the Fins will draft him.

Wow! I just researched this guy, and I'm impressed not only by his athletic skills, but for his character. He probably needs to bulk up a little and work on his mechanics.

At least they're looking.

It's way too early to know who the hot pick may be, but it's good to see they're investigating lots of possibilities.

Nice running, but wheres his long ball. That's what we need. a pocket passer with an occasional run when least expected or seeing a heavy rush. These black running QBs win games but can't seem to take it all the way. Sorry! I'd really stick with Henne, he has shown that he can sustain long drives. Coaches need to grow some balls with the game plan. There are a lot of other issues that need fixing, and were short on draft picks. Just not in a good position this year to waste it on that type of QB. Unless the CBA really restricts rookies salaries. Which they should. Where else do you go and the new guy makes more than the senior guy?

no way he makes it to the edge on those scrambles... nfl DE's are way faster

I think at this stage of the offseason Miami would be better served (when the draft occurs)trading back a few spots twice for 2nd rounders. I would rather have 3 2nd rounders versus the #15 pick if there isn't a CBA in place by the draft. That would be your QB, RB, & C/G. in one round.

we want someone who knows how to move in the pocket to avoid pressure,not one who wants to run. this is the NFL where one hit can take you out for the year. one hit ended pat whites career/season.

It's all a mute point until we get a competent coach. These same Steeler and Packer teams would not be going to the Superbowl with Tony 'my head is stuck up my butt' Sparano.

Dolphins should take Andy Dalton. He is the hidden diamond in this year's draft. He is a four year starter and graduated as a Senior Captain. He is intelligent, has quick feet, decent arm that is accurate, and he is a winner -- don't believe me take a look at his stats. And, did you see how well he played in the Rose Bowl against a HOT Wisconsin team -- a winner on the big stage -- something you cannot say about Henne because he never beat OSU. Probably could get him in the third round.

If there gonna draft a guy who is better woth his feer than with his arm....it had Better Be Cam Newton.....

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