So we identified our guy, Locker, and took him at 8. Some of us wanted Locker, most did not, especially not at 8 (myself included). Not only that, I was terrified when we were on the clock and Gabbert was still sitting there. But every QB taken has a unique skill set, and each team that drafted them seemed to do a god job matching the skill set with their offense, ours included. Most of us recall I was very high on Kaepernick and wanted him badly, followed by Locker and Dalton. never in my wildest draft dreams did I think the QB's would go where they did, when they did. I am just wondering how we all think the 2011 QB draft class will fare. And while I was a CK fanboy, I am now 100% on board Jake "Davey Jones'" Locker pirate ship. I look forward to him raping and pillaging opponent's defenses for years to come.
After the jump, you'll see a good lil tidbit from Peter King's MMQB Tuersday edition about Kaepernick. It seems as if this draft class of QB's (specifically Locker, CK, Ponder, & Dalton) are football players. Guys who want to be coached, who want to be the best NFL QB's they can be. While they don't come with the hype of some of the previous "OMG this draft is fielding future HOF QB's and will be remembered as an all-time great" draft class, it looks solid. A heckuva lot more solid than we thought coming into it.
Harbaugh wanted a baller out of his quarterback. He wanted a player who loves to practice, loves to learn, loves to play. As a friend of both Harbaugh and Baalke, Trent Dilfer told me in a quote I used in Sports Illustrated this week: "Kaepernick's a football junkie, and he'll be trained 24/7/365 by Jim Harbaugh to be an NFL quarterback. Every aspect of his life will be about being a quarterback. Perfect guy for Harbaugh." As another draft analyst told me Sunday: "Harbaugh drafted himself.''
So who do we think will have the most long-term success with their teams?