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What if Colin Kaepernick had wound up with the Raiders?

June 03, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Colin Kaepernick, shown during the power outage of Super Bowl XLVII in February, was the Raiders' top-rated quarterback going into the 2011 draft.
Colin Kaepernick, shown during the power outage of Super Bowl XLVII in February,… (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images )

SI.com’s Peter King had an interesting item in “Monday Morning Quarterback” on Oakland’s interest in drafting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2011, and how San Francisco traded up to grab him with the fourth pick in the second round.

“I think about it all the time, believe me,'' former Raiders coach Hue Jackson told King. “No question in my mind we wanted it to happen, and no question I thought it could happen. We wanted the kid in the worst way.”

According to King, the Raiders had Kaepernick as the top-rated quarterback on their board, ahead of the five taken before him: Cam Newton by Carolina, Jake Locker by Tennessee, Blaine Gabbert by Jacksonville, Christian Ponder by Minnesota, and Andy Dalton by Cincinnati.

Kaepernick, among the NFL’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, replaced Alex Smith as the starter and never surrendered the job, helping lead the 49ers back to the Super Bowl last season.

The 49ers obviously coveted Kaepernick too, and made a trade with Denver to move up nine spots and swipe him with the 36th pick. Kaepernick’s dad heard that made Raiders owner Al Davis so angry he threw a glass across the room (the quarterback’s brother, Kyle, heard it was a pair of sunglasses), although that might all be apocryphal.

“I don't know that he threw anything,” Jackson told King. “But he was upset. So was I. Scouting him, I fell in love with the kid. Leader, won a ton of games at Nevada, really impressive when you talked to him, strong, all the tools to win in the NFL. No doubt in my mind he was going to be good.”

I talked to Kyle Kaepernick on Monday morning, and he brought up a couple of funny memories involving Colin and the Raiders.

Twice, when he was 8 and 10, Colin participated in "Punt, Pass and Kick" competitions at halftime of Raiders home games.

“He would outthrow everybody by 15 yards or more,” said his brother, who lives in Modesto. “Usually, it was kicking off the tee that he’d shank. Because he was young, he was the first one where the crowd would go, 'Ooooh!' when he’d throw it. Kids would be throwing it 25 or 30 yards, and he’d step up and throw it close to 50.”

The Kaepernicks moved to Turlock, Calif., from Wisconsin and were Green Bay fans when the kids were young. Brett Favre was Colin’s favorite player.

Asked how life would be different if his little brother played for the Raiders instead of the 49ers, Kyle said: “My father-in-law is a lifelong Raiders fan, so he’d be pretty happy… And we’d save 30 minutes on our drive on Sundays.”

Tweeted reader Anthony Reed: "But the ride home would feel a lot longer."

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