The 49ers got their quarterback of the future. They hope.
The Niners traded up nine spots in the second round today to select Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the only quarterback in NCAA history to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 in a career.
San Francisco, which had a league-high 12 picks entering the draft, surrendered picks No. 45, No. 108 (4th round) and No. 141 (5th round) to get Denver’s second-rounder.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kaepernick, a Turlock native, is viewed as a huge talent who had could have a steep NFL learning curve due to the Division I competition he faced in the Western Athletic Conference and the Pistol offense he guided at Nevada.