NFL Draft 2011: 49ers Trade Up With Broncos, Select QB Colin Kaepernick!

Well, the 49ers decided to do some dealing. The team just traded up from the 45th overall pick to acquire the Denver Broncos 35th overall pick. And with that pick they then selected Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. I have to say I could not be more excited! I realize he is a bit of a project, but I really like his upside. And if Dave-Te Thomas was correct in his scouting report, maybe he can be a taller Aaron Rodgers. He's got a lot to prove, but I really can't wait to see what Jim Harbaugh can do with Kaepernick.

Now I realize Jim Harbaugh hasn't proven anything as an NFL coach, but after his work with Josh Johnson and Andrew Luck at the college level, along with his prescient scouting reports concerning Tony Romo, David Garrard, and Joey Harrington, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

While Alex Smith very well could be back next year, the 49ers have found the guy they want to develop for the future. Let's hope for the best!

Fooch's Update: The trade for Kaepernick apparently involved the 45th pick, 108th pick, and 141st pick, so their second, first 4th, and fifth.

For informational purposes, here are the remaining 49ers picks:

1. Third round, No. 12 (76th overall)
2. Fourth round, No. 18 (115th overall, from San Diego in 2010 draft-day trade)
3. Sixth round, No. 9 (174th overall)
4. Sixth round, No. 25 (190th overall, from Seattle for DT Kentwan Balmer)
5. Seventh round, No. 8 (210th overall)
6. Seventh round, No. 30 (230th overall, from Detroit for QB Shaun Hill) (Jets original pick in the round)
7. Seventh round, No. 38 (238th overall, compensatory)
8. Seventh round, No. 49 (249th overall, compensatory)    

As we get things going, just a reminder again that site decorum is off, but you still have to be respectful of other members of the community. Additionally, please do not post GIFs and keep JPGs to a minimum and relatively pertinent to the proceedings, at least during the draft. These threads fill up incredibly quickly and JPGs and GIFs slow things down.

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The second round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 3:00pm pacific and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for the rest of the draft - NFL mock drafts draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFLHub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft.

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