NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is in the process of ranking all of the league’s passers, and he positively gushed in his assessment of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Jaworski ranked Kaepernick at No. 11, noting that he has played only half a season. But Jaworski said that 10 games was more than enough for Kaepernick’s talent to shine.
“Normally 10 NFL starts is not enough for me to evaluate a player so highly, but this kid has special talent, is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback with a power arm and outstanding athleticism,” Jaworski said.
“Kaepernick has a chance to be very special,” Jaworski said. “He has a complete throwing skill set with a powerful arm that I absolutely put at gun level. His ball comes out with a lot of energy and velocity. And Kaepernick can drive the ball down the field, on the move, with accuracy. . . . Kaepernick is one of the four or five most physically talented quarterbacks in the entire NFL. . . . The elite skill set is still there.”
In 10 games as the starter, Kaepernick averaged 241 passing yards and 1.4 TDs (vs. 0.5 INTs) to go along with 50 rushing yards and 0.5 rush TD. That all adds up to 21.7 fantasy points per game which would have placed #2 among QBs in 2012 over the course of a full season. Two concerns: 1) The loss of Michael Crabtree and 2) that teams will have a chance to study his tendencies in the offseason. Otherwise, we're high on the second year starter.