Niners grab QB: Colin Kaepernick

The San Francisco 49ers waited until the second round of the 2011 NFL draft to find their next quarterback prospect.

They did not wait very long, however.

The 49ers sent the 45th, 108th and 141st choices to Denver for the 36th choice. They then made Kaepernick the first quarterback selected under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Kaepernick has built a reputation for possessing many of the qualities Harbaugh values in a quarterback. Nolan Nawrocki, draft analyst for Pro Football Weekly, listed Kaepernick's attributes this way: "self-made, extremely competitive, hard-working grinder with a passion for the game. ... Very smart. Long-armed with an athletic build. Rare production as a combo runner-passer."

Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke said they would not reach to fill their obvious need at quarterback. They proved as much by selecting Missouri outside linebacker Aldon Smith with the seventh overall choice.

But with Cincinnati drafting TCU quarterback Andy Dalton with the 35th pick, a second-round run on quarterbacks seemed plausible. The 49ers acted quickly, working out the trade with Denver.

More to come. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals have selected running back Ryan Williams in the second round, a surprise. Consider it a wakeup call for Beanie Wells, perhaps. Tim Hightower is also nearing the end of his contract.