Colin Kaepernick emerged in the middle of the season and took over the reins for the San Francisco 49ers. The rookie quarterback led his team all the way to the Super Bowl and came one pass away from winning it. Kaepernick is not your typical NFL quarterback; he is tall, athletic and uses his legs just as much as his arm. The NFL is evolving and we are starting to see quarterbacks like this all over the league – Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton are just a few examples.
Marcus Mariota could be the next of these new revolutionary quarterbacks in the league. Like Kaepernick, he is tall, athletic and has speed that kills. When comparing Kaepernick and Mariota’s first years in college the stats are very similar. Below are the two quarterback’s stats from their first year.
Mariota had a better first year offensively, torching defenses for 32 touchdowns, but besides that, the other statistics are comparable. After his freshman year, Kaepernick exploded, rushing for over 1,100 yards in each of his next three seasons at Nevada. His rushing touchdowns also spiked as he scored 17 times on the ground his sophomore and junior year and had 20 his senior year.
Mariota has a leg up as he already had better freshman year compared to Kaepernick. If Mariota can progress over the next three years as much as Kaepernick did, he could easily find himself being a high draft pick with the anticipation that he could be the next Colin Kaepernick. As for now, though, Mariota belongs to the Ducks and we could not be any luckier to have a quarterback of his caliber.