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March 15, 2011
Niners will have private workout with QB Kaepernick

The 49ers are sending a notable contingent to Reno on Friday for a private workout with Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to a source with knowledge of the event. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke are expected to be on hand.

Nevada has several draft-worthy players this season, including defensive end/outside linebacker Dontay Moch and tight end Virgil Green. The school will hold its pro day on March 22. The headliner of the group, however, is Kaepernick, and the 49ers will get an early look.

The 6-5, 225-pound Kaepernick has the strongest arm of any quarterback in this draft, and he led the Wolf Pack to a 13-1 record this past season. He completed 233 of 359 attempts (64.9 percent) for 3,022 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also was a very good runner and is the only player in NCAA history with more than 4,000 rushing yards to go along with more than 10,000 passing yards.

When the college season ended, Kaepernick was viewed as a mid-round selection. However, he showed better-than-expected touch and accuracy at the January Senior Bowl. He also was one of the better passers at the combine, and is now viewed as a second-round prospect. (This guy even had the 49ers trading back into the first round to get Kaepernick).

The 49ers, meanwhile, appear to be doing their homework on second-round quarterbacks. Jim Harbaugh attended TCU quarterback Andy Dalton's Pro Day last week, the only pro day Harbaugh is known to have attended thus far. Another possible second/late first rounder, Christian Ponder, will hold his pro day tomorrow. ***Wed. Update:*** Matt Malaspina, the 49ers national scout, attended the FSU pro day.

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi also is believed to be on the team's radar. He will work out at Iowa's pro day on Monday and again at the school on April 4.

-- Matt Barrows

** I'll be having a chat at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) to talk about draft visits, draft strategy, draft crushes, lockout, etc. ...


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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