- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The St. Louis Rams are the only NFC West team with an established starting quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers might not be far behind.
"I love the Colin Kaepernick pick," Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said Wednesday. "It might be my favorite pick in the draft."
Williamson and I were discussing the draft in general and the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback situation in particular (column is forthcoming). We swerved into the Kaepernick discussion near the end of our conversation. Williamson offered thoughts 49ers fans will surely welcome:
"Cincinnati screwed up taking Andy Dalton over Kaepernick. I hadn't thought of it in these terms, but we had Greg Cosell on recently and he said Kaepernick is exactly the same guy as Blaine Gabbert, except he has a funky release and plays at Nevada. But by all accounts, he is a Tim Tebow in terms of work ethic, a good Samaritan and loved by all. But he is incredibly athletic, tall, he's going to add 15 pounds over the summer eating a couple Big Macs, and he has maybe the best arm in the draft and he threw like six interceptions last year.
"Kaepernick is going to the perfect team. He has a great quarterback guru in Jim Harbaugh and there is not the pressure of a first-round pick to say he has to be on the field right away. Bring back Alex Smith to be the stopgap. Maybe he is better than that, but in the end, you look at those two and one is way more talented than the other one. You will go to camp and say, 'Wow, these guys are not even close, the way the ball comes out of their hand, the way they move.' "
There's a visual to keep in mind as training camps approach -- or, in light of the lockout -- if they approach.
Harbaugh also downplayed the idea that Kaepernick's release is an issue. More on that after a bit.