NFL Network got through part two of their NFL Top 100 series on Thursday, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was ranked No. 81. You can watch the video, which features a host of players explaining why he deserves to be on the list. We even get some comments from Richard Sherman, who clearly respects what Colin Kaepernick can do.
The Top 100 list is obviously more of a debate gimmick, but it's always interesting to see how other folks view Kaepernick, and the rest of the 49ers. I honestly don't know if I would consider 81 too high or too low. Owen Daniels made a good point in the video about seeing what Kaepernick does over a longer stretch. He thinks he has the potential, but it makes sense to want to see another year of success.
According to Chris Wesseling, there are 13 quarterbacks ahead of Kaepernick on this list. We know the big names will show up ahead of him. Guys like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are just going to get that higher level of respect. But beyond that, I'm curious to see who else shows up ahead of him. Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are likely. Do we see Robert Griffin III above him? Does Joe Flacco get ranked above him? Whether it's fair or not, I assume we'll see both those quarterbacks ahead of Kap.
What will be an interesting one is Russell Wilson. I have to assume he is given that he played the entire year and put together some great numbers. I imagine these two will be battling back and forth in the coming years, which should make for some fun football.
Kaepernick joins current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and former 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson on the NFL Top 100.