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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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Posted by: MassanuttenRef |

Dolphins should take Andy Dalton. He is the hidden diamond in this year's draft.

MassanuttenRef, I never heard of this kid Dalton but the Fins should take him or a guy like him who is a "diamond in the ruff" - in fact they should try to find 2 such diamonds in the ruff! Later rounds picks, guys from small school that have the physical tools. Develop these guys and see how they look in 2 years. Draft 2 more diamonds next year and do the same - get rid of the ones that look like coal and keep churning till you find a guy.

Garbae Plate....not sure were your getting your stats/percenages from...bit of the

2 QB playing for the SB....both are 1st rd

of the 4 QBs who played in the championship games...all 4 were 1st rd


Of the 8 teams from the AFC to make the playoffs....6 were 2st RD QBs

and of the NFC 4 were 1st rd QBs....

of the 16 teams to make the play ofd....12 were 1st rd QBs


Thats 75%

75% success rate of 1st RD QBs in this league....i don't think thats flawed

I think Dalton will go 3rd round or 4th even that would be great value... Still if we don't trade down and Any of the Big 4 are available they'd be making a big mistake not to draft one for the future of this franchise... Tony Sporano needs results quick like last year quick

MJZ ithink the only reason the phins like this kid is becuz they are obsessed with getting that 2nd rd value pick back...
I don't think they are any higher on this kid then the other four QBs projected in front of him... they prolly just like the idea of adding a C or G in the first rd late and still getting their QB need filled.... I think that is the attitude that has been killing this team WE draft Qbs in the 2nd rd or later then they become expendable before a QB coach can actually get good work in with him... IE: pat white chad henne expendable cuz were not wasting money on them if we just cut them..... off subject but what is going on with Patrick Turner?

when the packers drafted aaron rodgers in the first rd they knew they had the luxury of bringing him along slowly because they had favre as the starter. they didn't need to put the guy in from day one. that is not the same case with the dolphins. if miami takes a qb in the first rd it pretty much means they are looking to have that guy ready for the season. there is no qb that is first rd talent this year that is capable of starting day one. there is only one team that picks with that much conviction and that team is the steelers. so, if you are saying you want miami to take a qb in the first be ready for henne or someone else to start the season. then, maybe, their qb prodigy will be ready to start next year. if he is better than expected maybe he'll start later this year. but, no matter what, if they pick a qb in the first and insert him into the lineup day one be ready for the team to have another less than stellar season. if you can live with that, fine, because if you are thinking any of these guys are going to take miami to the playoffs in his first year you are wrong. the other problem with the 1st rd qb proposition is how many of these guys are actually first round material. mallet is probably going to slide to at least the 2nd rd, as is locker. then, if someone like dalton moves himself up to a 3rd round pick you really need to start looking closer at the guys on the board. then there is stanzi. when all is said and done this guy may end up a late 2nd, early 3rd pick. miami needs to prove that the qb coach position is capable of developing the talent quickly enough to get a first rd pick ready to go. until they do that the point is moot.

If you happen to be a fan of a team that does not have a good QB, like me, you wish for the days when an NFL team could win a championship without a great QB. When the running game was more important than the passing game. When serviceable QB's like Griese and Bart Starr and Jim Plunkett and Kenny Stabler and Bradshaw could win championships - as long as the team they were on could play defense and run the ball.

Competition comitte has ruined the game with rules opening up the passing game, with Shula playing a part, since he had Marino at the time of the rule changes.

kris, to piggyback off GPs post, I agree, drafting a 1st-round LEGIT QB is a better idea than later round (GP says since 1990 there's a 40% chance of guessing right, I wonder what the percentage is if you drafted a later-round QB, maybe 5-10%). But, if there isn't a LEGIT choice there, then what can they do? Also, sounds like Ireland is moving back to pick up a 2nd-round pick. So, now, we may have the 30th pick (or something around there). That means you're probably getting the 3rd, 4th, 5th-best choice (obviously not an exact science).

In a year with a weak class, is it worth guessing on the 4th-best QB, or is it better to get the 3rd-4th best in a strong class year?

I know it SOUNDS like giving up on the season, but I'm not expecting too much from Tony and Co. anyway this season, are you? Add to that drama the CBA issue, probably a truncated preseason/camp, and not sure how much better Miami can realistically get (new OC with a new system and a new QB without time to properly teach the system is a recipe for disaster).

We may have to live with Henne and a vet dude. Cause if we draft a QB, and that guy doesn't work out, and neither does Henne, now we have two failures to unload plus a wasted pick in getting the guy. That might be the worst case scenario (other than taking Ingram, which to me is admitting you don't want an explosive offense. Emmitt Smith? Are you KIDDING? When did he play again? Anyone think he'd still be Emmitt in today's NFL? I don't).

kris, who do you like at QB in the first if he's available?? I like Locker or Mallet

Also Garbae Plate....

On the Brees/Rivers situation...I welcome it...i'd love it....If Henne starts playing well (and I hope he does)....the FO can decide to keep him and trade the 1st RD QB for another 1st ( maybe get better postion)....or they can trade Henne for a 1st...which means he increased in value....all those are good thing....and remember...they didn't get Rivers and trade Brees...it was a wait and see approach...and thats the way to do it....

I just want ggo.great QB play back in Miami....and percentages tell me to get a first rd QB....do the homework...and take a shot....yes you may miss....but after 15 years....isn't it time to take a shot?

what is the obsession with Diamonds in the rough? really what ever happened to taking the best available at the position of greatest need?

Bill Parcells famously stated: If they dont bite as pups, they wont bite."

Here's Kaepernick's body of work as a pup:


2007 As 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.

There was much more to add but I decided to keep the post brief. Kaepernick proved to be a ravenous pitbull as a pup. "This pup does bite!"

Tim Tebow works for me, period. Nothing wrong with his delivery. What does work is Tim's a winner. Winner,,get it ?

Mark it.....Dalton will be a 2nd round pick. He will NOT be a day one starter, but if groomed properly, I think this guy has the IT to be a franchise QB.

Yes I'm sure they are going to tell the whole NFL 3 months prior to the draft what they are going to draft please get real Armando....!!
If he ran like that in the NFL he would last 3 weeks before being placed on IR.

DC read my post above yours and check those percentages.....and i don't buy into thes "experts"...the differnce between mel kiper and us die hard fans...is that Mel Kiper gets paid for his opinion....we don't....his job isn't on the line....and he seems to be wrong as often as he is right....

His board will change with the wind direction...and after draft day he will not be held accountable for any mistakes....I need that job


Bill Parcells famously stated: If they dont bite as pups, they wont bite."

Here's Kaepernick's body of work as a pup:


2007 As 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.

There was much more to add but I decided to keep the post brief. Kaepernick proved to be a ravenous pitbull as a pup. "This pup does bite!"

the one at 11:27

TCU isn't the best place to draft a QB from just saying he isn't a 2nd rd pick i don't care how good a season he had

It wouldn't be a stretch to think that the Dolphins when all things are said and done have Kaepernick as the second or third rated quarterback in the draft. If they thought they could get a second round price for a player that they have given a first round grade, then the move is a no brainer. But, there is a long way to go. And it would require Kaepernick to do a ton of things right the next 3 months. Plus, don't think that his performance wouldn't go unnoticed by other teams. The last thing is this. I think that the Dolphins are going to want to project the first and second(if we get one)round picks as starters. I will go out on a limb and say Kaepernick won't be ready to start week 1.

Beerphin....

My pick would be Newton....followed by Locker....wasn't he the best available last year....now the "experts" tell us he forgot how to play football...i'm not buying it....

Will Allen is toast...Didn't see that coming (rolls eyes)

GO SEAN SMITH and BENNY SAPP!

exactly Kris he would have been top 5 last yeaqr maybe even number 1 pick if he had come out... If they pass on Newton or Locker they'd be making huge mistake

kris, your sample size is one year. Did you know this the 1st year EVER all of the final four teams had 1st rounders at QB?

Plus, all you did were select the good QB's. Yeah, Rodgers, Ryan, Ben, ect were all 1st round picks. But when they were being drafted, so were Alex Smith, Leftwich, JP Losman, Leinart, ect.

To answer DC: plenty of good QB's besides Brady have had success lately and were not picked in the 1st round: Romo, Warner, Schaub, Hasselbeck, Orton, Delhomme (i know he sucks now, be he had a good run, he was a hair from winning the SB).

Drafting a QB in the 1st round doesnt equal success. It merely raises the percentages slightly. I dont see a 1st round no brainer this year.

Right Beerphin....thats why I put zero stock in the "experts"....they will do the same thing to Luck next year....they even did it Bradford this year.....

kris, talkin' to the choir my brotha on the percentages. I don't buy that it's riskier to take a chance on a 1st-round QB than a later-round QB. At that position, if you're serious, I think you take one of the best.

I now, that's antiquated thinking (to some). That's just me.

Garbabe...I only did do this year...but I have posted in the past the number of QBs who have one them and who were 1st rd draft picks....

and to say that a 1st rd draft pick Qb raises your percentages "slightly" is a huge understament...I will agree...some 1st rounders are bust...but if you want to be in the playoffs year in and year out...you had better get one on your team....

I'll show you in an example in my next post

There has NEVER been a QB who has played one year of college ball and come out and done anything as a NFL starter. NOT ONE, EVER. Yet you guys wanna draft Newton? NOT ONE, EVER...Everyone doesn't want acorns yet you are all for taking this guy? Sorry, but this is beyond taking a chance. The odds that this guy will fail are higher then average. No Fig Newton

Dd

From what i heard about Patrick Turner is that he is going to be on the Jets roster next year for sure and that he is making big strides in improving... why the hell did we cut a 3rd rd pick before we even had a chance to see him play?

I think that drafting Newton would be a huge mistake. The jury on Locker is still out, but I would pass on him as well. One thing that may come into play would be if the CBA does get resolved next month and a rookie salary cap is put in. I think a lot of teams draft strategy may change because they could get much better value for the dollar. Teams wouldn't have to go for broke by overpaying for a potential bust. I don't think this means the Dolphins should take a quarterback in the first round(this year)Hopefully our first round pick stays healthy for longer then a half this year, and we get some contribution out of that spot.

Nice write up on Kaepernick Armando, this kid has a Canon for an Arm. Dolphins should trade down in the first round and draft the kid or pick him at 15th. I would hate to miss out on him, he's that good.

If he starts balling for the Jets i'm gonna be so pissed. What a shame Tony & co. a real coach would know how to get value out of a third round selection... instead he inactivates him and has only four WR on roster 2 or 3 of them went undrafted wow

Maybe he is 6"4 but he does not look 224 pounds and we really don't run the option in the nfl maybe he will be a good player but these guys really don't have a good track record when it comes to QBS, Pat White , Chad Henne

bobbyD, Sanchez has made it to the AFC championship game two years in a row now and he only had one year exp in college

If you think Cam Newton only played 1 year of college...please read the link....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Newton


I don't want to take up to much space

I've been wanting the Dolphins to take a 1st round QB for a long time in order to find that franchise guy....unfortunately I don't see this being that year. I know there is no such thing as a "sure thing"...but there are often guys in the 1st that you can look at and say that they're as close to a sure thing as you can get. This draft does not have that guy. None of them will be able to start out of the gate and all have substantial red flags.

Gabbert...statistically impressive and seems to have all the physical tools. That said, he's never been in a pro-style offense. He has worked in a spread out of the shot-gun his entire college career. Hasn't had to read coverage...hasn't had to develope his footwork...hasn't had to develope "pocket presence".

Mallett....statistically impressive, natural pocket passer with big time size. However, he is about as immobile as they come so he won't be able to extend the play on that front, and has an elongated throwing motion that results in a slower than average release...not a good combo. Has accuracy issues (watch how often he makes the WR work for it). He has bad footwork. Also, keep an eye out for the Wonderlic score.

Locker....Seems to have all the physical tools, size, arm strength, and is as mobile as they get. Looks decent statisticaly, particularly given that he played on a horrible Huskies team his entire college career. He' tough and will play hurt. That said, he is hesitant in the pocket and doesn't make the quick read (think Alex Smith). He throws much better on the run but looks completely unnatural in the pocket. Has no pocket awareness. Not very accurate.

Newton....Obviously the most athletically gifted of them all. Newton could be a guy who completely turns a franchise around or a collasal bust. Unlike Vince Young, he has shown leadership qualities and seems more mature. He is a winner no doubt. It will take him time to develope his passing skills. He doesn't see the whole field and waits for receivers to come open before releasing the ball. sub-par footwork and accuracy.

Personally, I think all these guys could use at least a year holding the clip board before they ever see the field.

great video but not quite sold him,

Matt Cassel barely even played college ball. Wasn't he a back-up his entire time at USC?

Newton and this kid will both suck in the NFL.

beerphin - why is TCU a bad place to pick a QB? Don't give me the small school crap...they rocked Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He's also a four year starter. While he is mobile, he prefers to be in the pocket. He can drop back from center, scan the field, and deliver the strike in 3 seconds. It's also nice that he plays in a pro-style system, so he has better than average footwork, pocket presence, and experience reading the defense.

didnt see it mentioned anywhere that our new offensive cord was at senior bowl wit rest of coaches or did i miss that

1990- Joe montana-3rd rd
1991-jeff Hosteler 3rd rd
1992-doug willimas-1st rd
1993-troy aikmen-1st rd
1994-troy aikmen-1st rd
1995-steve young-1st rd
1996-troy aikmen-1st rd
1997-Brett farve-2nd rd
1998-Jon Elway=1st rd
1999-john Elway-1st rd
2000-kurt warner-undrafted
2001-trent dilfer-1st
2002-tom brady-6th
2003-brad johnson-9th rd
2004- tom brady-6th
2005-tom brady-6th
2006 Big Ben-1st
2007-manning P-1st
2008-manning e-1st
2009-Big Ben-1st
2010-brees-2nd

thats 11 times in the last 20 years that a first rd QB won the SB...thats 55 pecent

add in this year...cause a 1st rd wil win it and you get 57 percent.....I like those odds....and I don't even want to get into the number of 1st RD qbs Brady had to defeat to get to the SB.....

Can this guy throw???
I think Dolphins take Locker or Newton
Just my gut feeling

GarbabePlate...the above post about SB winning QBs was for you...57% of the past 20 SB winners have been 1st rd selections....and Tom brady really throws a curve in there and even he isn't enough to move it down to below 50% (57% is including this year 2011...cause a 1st RD will win it)

I'm not saying a 1st RD is the end all be all...but it greatly improves your chances....

and keep in mind....that 1s 1ST RD QBS...VERSUS ALL OTHER RDS....that makes it all the more impressive to me.

Newton played ONE full year of Div I football. ONE. Sanche hasn't proven himself over the years. He was surrounded by Pro Bowl talent. Again, NOT ONE EVER has been an NFL quality QB. Omar Kelly from the Sun Sentinel admitted to that fact after a blogger questioned him. If this QB class was stronger Newton would be a 3rd rounder. BUST BUST BUST

lol, Kris, hate to point this out but ur chart proves that there is a 50/50 chance more or less that a 1st RD pick will lead u to a SB...sooooo there's just as good as a chance a later round will get u there. It's a crapshoot

No matter what, Gabbert, Mallet, Locker, Newton. No one comes in this year and leads a team to the promised land. Rather add 2 quality players that will come in and make a difference, NOW. Late 1st, mid 2nd WR/TE/RB will do that

BObbyd12..... but how we know THAT your way is the one to lead us to the SB and not Chris ?

BobbyD...I agree its a crap shoot....and I can see how one can look at the list and see that angle...but consider this....

Tom Brady is the ONLY none 1st rd QB to win more than on SB....can we agree...that Mel Kiper and the rest of the experts really effed that up...but I won't skewer the numbers.....lets leave it like it is...

3 1st rounders in the last 20 years have won a combined 7 SBs...Akimen, Elway, and Big Ben...thats 35 percent of the last 20 SB...I like them odds too...and if big ben wins again...that goes up to 38%....just three men....I like those odds

DC, I'm with going with other offensive positions if he braintrust down't like any of the QBs. However, don't draft a guy after the 1st round again and tell us he is as good as many 1st round QBs. Fool me once ...

GP, you came up with a stat that 35-40% of 1str ound qbs come out to be worthy starters. I think that's a high percentage, don't you? I mean how many 1st rounders overall turn out to be good players - not as high as you may think...

A one in 2.5-3 shot is a high enough percentage to justify spending a 1st round pick on a qb. I'm just sick of the secondary talents brought through here the last 15 years. I won't settle for 2nd rate at the most important position anymore.

And lastly, a Drew Brees/Phillip Rivers situation wouldn;t be the worst thing in the world. It would actually be great. San Diego just happened to mismanage it when it came to their turn. They should have easily turned Brees into 2 1st rounders considering what Chicago gave for that stinker Cutler. They held onto Brees too long.

For OG, shouldn't we consider Logan Mankins in free agency? He's set to be a free agent. 3x Pro Bowl guard, 28 y/o, coached well in New England.

ALoco, Kris's way could lead us to a SuperBowl to, hell I don't know, it's my opinion. I just think if we wanna be better THIS YEAR, it's not gonna be with a rookie QB. My way, add weapons around Henne or whoever our QB will be this year and if it don't work, draft a QB next year. Kris's way, draft a QB this year and add weapons later. Honestly, I don't know who's way is better I am stating my side

Logan Mankins should be looked at long and hard by the Fins. Yes, he would be a major upgrade and I would LOVE to see him in a PHINS uniform

Agree bobby,Mankins would look great in fins uniform .IS the dolphins willing to pay around 55 million w/20 million guaranteed,i don't think so .

Kris, in addition to the freak Brady skewing the stats, I still consider Brees to be a 1st round talent. he was thought of that way during the draft process and fell unexpectedly. He should have been a 1st pick - he was no diamond in the rough for sure. I believe Favre was also an early 2nd round pick but I didn't know that much about the draft process back then to know how he was thought of.

I also stated before that 22 of the 31 starts in total playing this year were 1st round picks. Think about it - that is the 1st round compared to all other 6 rounds combined and free agency. It seems to me that you are going against the grain in continually trying to grab a qb to be your starter that was not a 1st round talent. Going against the trend will brankrupt you in all walks of life. Look at this franchise on Sundays - it's bankrupted the home gates to the point where we are probably the worst paid attendance in the league. It's pathetic.

Mando one problem with this kid is his threat comes from running the spread option. That's what made him shine, the deception and his decisiveness running the offense helped him succeed. So big concerns with him are can he go under center and be confortable and can he be a true pocket passer? This type of offense is successful in college because well guys aren't as fast but the NFL is a different story not sure if he is going to be successful in the NFL.

Also can we drop the damn Cam Newton talk?!!! He will be another Jamrcus Russel stop drinking the damn juice people the kid had one good season and he was a retread was he really that spectacular in the BCS game??? Because what I saw was a dominant Auburn defense not a prolific Auburn offense.

The term "mobility" in a QB is very relative. To my eyes Marino was a mobile QB, a shake of the hip, a sidestep with those quick feet and he could throw it, same as Big Ben but he can move outside the pocket also. Then, there are the running QB's, just saw in Kaepernick, Michael Vick, others(they don't last long). Then there are the QB's that can move outside the pocket with the intention of first throwing the football, and if not, gain some yards(Rodgers, Big Ben). Lastly, the pure scramblers that could run the defense ragged back there and then act(Tarkenton, Griese, Bradshaw) don't exist anymore.

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