According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, two AFC South teams are "exceptionally" high on Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. One of those teams is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I've spoken with a variety of clubs who believe that Kaepernick is a second or third round talent, at best. They told me they have Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder all rated ahead of Kaepernick.
However, other sources appear to be exceptionally high on the strong-armed Nevada passer, including, according to league sources, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
The Jaguars appear to be particularly good fit for Kaepernick, as they have a veteran passer already in place to give him a year or more to "redshirt." The Jaguars feature David Garrard as their starter and also have veteran Luke McCown in the fold. The Jaguars have not drafted a quarterback since using their first round pick on Byron Leftwich in 2003.
Colin Kaepernick has been a fast "riser" (a term I hate right now) as teams have gotten their hands on him. The Jacksonville Jaguars have shown interest, including quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard spending a few hours with him after his Pro Day watching film and doing board work.Kaepernick has recently began to sneak his way into the first round on many mock drafts. Evan Silva or Rotoworld and Pro Football Talk even had him going 16 overall to the Jaguars in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft.
16. Jaguars: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, Nevada.
At the same time that local support is building for a first-round quarterback in Jacksonville, word recently leaked that numerous teams rate Kaepernick as the draft's top signal caller. With a rare combination of arm strength and athleticism, Kaepernick is drawing Randall Cunningham comparisons.
How much is the typical smokescreen and how much is truth remains to be seen however, as 'tis the season for lying. "Jacksonville has surprised us before in the first round and either team could do worse than to take a gamble on the athletic, strong-armed passer in the second round," writes Rang.