49ers tried a variety of deals to move up for Kaepernick

The San Francisco 49ers traded up nine spots in the second round to draft Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick – but only after trying to move even higher to get him.

According to NFL.com, the Niners were engaged in talks at the end of the first round about getting in there Thursday night to draft a quarterback. They didn’t get anything done – and across the Bay the Oakland Raiders were doing the same thing.

Then, the Niners turned their attention to picks at the top of the second round, focusing on New England at No. 33. The price, apparently, was prohibitive and then the Niners pulled the trigger on a deal with the Denver Broncos – swapping pick Nos. 45, 108 and 141 for No. 36. They drafted Kaepernick there because they feared the Washington Redskins would draft him at No. 41.

Now, the 49ers need to set about developing Kaepernick and see if he can have the kind of success under Jim Harbaugh that Andrew Luck had at Stanford. Harbaugh also did quite well with Josh Johnson at the University of San Diego.

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