Jaworski: Kaepernick not Top 10 QB yet

Jaworski: Kaepernick not Top 10 QB yet
July 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Last season, Colin Kaepernick beat Tom Brady (left), Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Ten career starts isn't enough for one ESPN analyst to consider Colin Kaepernick a Top 10 quarterback.

But he's close.

As the season approaches, former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski is ranking the Top 32 quaterbacks in the NFL and the charasmatic 49ers signal-caller is ranked No. 11 on the list.

Here are some of the things Jaworski had to say about Kaepernick during a segment on SportsCenter on Friday:

Normally 10 NFL starts is not enough for me to evaluate a player so highly, but this kid has special talent, is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback with a power arm and outstanding athleticism.

He has a complete throwing skillset with a powerful arm that I absolutely put at gun level. His ball comes out with a lot of energy and velocity. And Kaepernick can drive the ball down the field, on the move, with accuracy.

Kaepernick dispelled that belief in his 10 games in 2012. That’s why he’s No. 11 in my quarterback rankings. Kaepernick is one of the four or five most physically talented quarterbacks in the entire NFL. It will be fascinating to see how he adjusts to the loss of Michael Crabtree, but the elite skillset is still there.

While he's not a rookie, Kaepernick ranked ahead of fellow first-year starters Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, who ranked No. 13 and No. 12 respectively.

Kaepernick also ranked higher than the man he replaced as 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith, who came in at No. 20.

The 10 quarterbacks yet to be ranked are: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco.