Colin Kaepernick (49ers)
The Preconceived Notions: Great second season; budding superstar; the best of the first-year starting quarterbacks not named Andrew Luck; incredible size, speed, arm; can do it all; accuracy can be a concern.
Positives: His physical skills really pop on tape. His arm is top shelf. He's probably faster than the running back (Frank Gore) he shares the backfield with in San Francisco. And maybe most impressive is the way Kaepernick throws the deep ball. He was 15-of-19 passing for 437 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on balls thrown 21-30 yards. That is off-the-charts good. Kaepernick fires bullets 25 yards downfield like they're dump passes. He also showed incredible poise and confidence late in games. How important this is can't be discounted. He helped the 49ers pull out several tight games and they almost rallied behind him in the biggest game of them all, the Super Bowl. He definitely has a bright future.
Negatives: My biggest concern with Kaepernick moving forward is that he didn't show great anticipation. He needed to see his receiver open before he threw the ball. In order to become an upper-echelon quarterback it's imperative that he gets the ball out on time, which often means making the throw before the receiver makes his move. Kaepernick didn't throw often into tight windows. Part of the reason was he didn't have to because of the scheme and talent around him. On the other hand, he often held onto the ball longer than necessary when his initial target wasn't open. His throwing deficiencies were evident in the red zone, where he completed just 48 percent of his passes. (AP Photo)
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